This is my town, I will watch down on you at all times.
I love watching over towns, I want more!
Athena was the goddess of wisdom. She could get angry but she was typically wise and kind. Her father was Zeus, the mighty god of the sky. Athena was his favourite child. She also had a powerful position in the greek god world.
The town is mine, I claimed it first!
No you didn't, it is my town!
Almost every town in Greece had a god watching down on them. Although they didn't like sharing them.
Yay! Fresh water!
Urgh! It's salt water!
A god named Poseidon, the God of the sea, adored keeping watch on towns, he wanted more. He was Zeus' brother so he had a lot power too. He especially loved the attention, gifts and praise that the people gave him.
Here's a few olive trees to provide you olives to eat and wood for fires.
I know they preferred your gift, you are the winner.
Many people came to live in Greece so lots of new towns were built. Gods and Goddesses had to claim the towns they wanted to rule. As the Gods did not like sharing, not everything was perfect. Athena and Poseidon both claimed the same town and it was a problem. Usually, the townspeople choose the God or Goddess, who claims the town, that they want to rule. Although, with two of the most powerful Gods and Goddesses, they didn't dare.
Athena protested a contest. Immediately, Poseidon struck his Spector against a mountain and a stream of water came gushing down. The townspeople cried,'Yay! Fresh water!' People went to taste the water and they found that it was salty. They were not pleased.
Let's have a contest. We each give a gift unto the townspeople and they decide who's gift is more useful.
Yummy! Those olives are delicious!
Obviously, they thought Athena's gift was more useful. Although they were too frightened to anger Poseidon and say who they wanted. Finally, Poseidon knew the truth and declared Athena the winner. That is how the town was names Athens, and gained such a powerful guardian.