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Nearly every town in ancient Greece had a god looked after the townspeople. Towns rarely had more than one god to keep an eye on their best interests. Most gods did not share well. So usually, it was one town and if the town was lucky, one god to watch over it.
Poseidon loved watching over towns. He usually picked coastal towns since he was the Lord of the Sea. As Greece grew and developed, new towns sprang up all the time. Poseidon was always on the lookout for new coastal towns.
He was not the only god who loved to be in charge. Athena, along with other gods, enjoyed that role as well. One day, both Athena and Poseidon claimed a new village.
Athena, goddess of wisdom, daughter of Zeus, understood their worry. She challenged her uncle Poseidon to a contest. Both gods would give the town a gift. The townspeople could decide which gift was the more useful.
Poseidon slapped his specter a stream appeared. The people were excited. But when they tried to drink the water, they discovered it was salt water!Athena waved her arm and an olive tree appeared. The people were excited.Olive tree is useful,It was wonderful.
Poseidon proclaimed his niece the winner!That's how a small village gained a most powerful and wise guardian, the goddess Athena, a guardian who helped them rise to fame. In her honor, they named their village Athens.
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