Birth of Athena

Birth of Athena

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  • Where are you Metis?
  • GO AWAY!!
  • This can not happen again!!
  • I've come to warn you.
  • Well, I took care of that problem.
  • Zeus came to lust after Metis, and chased her in his direct way. Metis tried to escape, she even changed her form numerous times. She changed into a hawk, fish, and a serpent. However, Zeus was equally proficient a changing form as well. He continued to reach for his goal until she gave in.
  • An oracle of Gaea gave a prophecy that Metis first child would be a girl and her second child would be a boy. This boy would overthrow Zeus, just like what happened to his father and his grandfather. He took this warning very seriously.
  • Do it Hephaestus!
  • Here it goes.
  • The next time he saw Metis he flattered her and made her feel relaxed. When Metis let her guard down, Zeus opened his mouth and swallowed her whole along with the unborn child. That was the end of Metis, but this was the beginning of Zeus's wisdom.
  • After some time, Zeus developed an insufferable headache. This caused him to scream so loud that it could be heard throughout the Earth. The other gods rushed over to see what the problem was.
  • Immediately Hermes realized what needed to be done and told Hephaestus to take a wedge and split open Zeus's head. 
  • Once Hephaestus did this, out came Athena from Zeus's skull. She was fully grown and in a full set of armor. The way she was born is why she became the goddess of intelligence and wisdom. 
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