This is my town, I will watch down on you at all times.
I love watching over towns, I want to look after more!
Greek Goddess Athena was the goddess of wisdom. She could get angry but she was very wise and kind. Her father was Zeus, the mighty god of the sky. Athena was his favourite child out of all of them.Athena was very important in the Greek world.
The town is mine, I was here first!
No you weren't.
Every town in Greece had a god watching down on them. Although they didn't like sharing the towns with other Gods.
No it's not its salt water!
Zeus brother Poseidon was the God of the sea and looked after towns and the people that lived in them. He loved the attention, gifts and love that the people gave him.
My gift is some olive trees so can you eat them and then use the wood for fires.
You are the winner as they preferred your gift.
Greece had lots of new towns being built. Gods and Goddesses were arguing to see who would look after the now towns. The Gods did not like to share at all. But then Athena and Poseidon both wanted the same town and it was a problem. The people that live in the town normally choose who will be the God or Goddess, but this time they didn't want to as they were two of the best and they didn't want to upset them.
Athena 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 have to give the people in the town a gift and whatever one is the best wins.
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.