This story is about the Lord of the Sea, Poseidon, and the daughter of Zeus who's name was Athena. They both love to be in charge and they both claimed a new village along the coast. Two gods would be too many to care for a village, so they had to settle this by a competition. Who will win and rule this town?
Poseidon: This town is perfect for me to look over, it's right by the coast! I am the Lord of the Sea after all.
Athena: I want to claim this town. Back off Uncle Poseidon. There can't be two gods to care for this village.
How do we solve this?
Fine. We shall settle this competition. The townspeople can decide which gift we provide is more useful.
I made a source of freshwater appear on the side of a mountain! A source of freshwater is very imporatnt.
People: Ew! This isn't "freshwater" it's saltwater!
These olives are delicious. But, we cannot risk angering Poseidon, for this is a coastal village.
Look everyone! An olive tree appeared. This could be used for wood for building homes, kindling for kitchen stoves and fireplaces, and it could be used to make olive oil.
This story about Athena and her uncle Poseidon shows how a small coastal village got a powerful and wise guardian. Athena helped them raise to fame, and that's how they named their village Athens.
I proclaim my niece, Athena, the winner of this competition. She will make a powerful and wise guardian.