Greek Mythology: Athena (Ἀθηνᾶ) Athena, also spelled Athene, was the Greek goddess of wisdom, war, the arts, industry, justice and skill. She was the favorite child of Zeus. She had sprung fully grown out of her father’s head. Her mother was Metis, goddess of wisdom and Zeus’ first wife. In fear that Metis would bear a son mightier than himself. Zeus swallowed her and she began to make a robe and helmet for her daughter.
Medusa, originally the serpent Goddess of female wisdom of the Libyan Amazons, was also known as Metis in those days. Her blood was said to have the power to create life or bring death. She was known as a full moon Goddess who brought rain for the crops. In later myths, she was a beautiful Gorgon Queen who guarded the Garden of the Hesperides containing the tree of golden apples in the land of the setting sun.
Athena was the Daughter of Zeus, Greek virgin goddess of reason, intelligent activity, arts & literature. Zeus was once married to Metis, a daughter of Ocean who was renowned for her wisdom. When Metis became pregnant, Zeus was warned by Earth that a son born to Metis would overthrow him, just as he had done to his father's throne. So Zeus swallowed Metis. Overcome by a splitting headache he summoned God Hephaestus who cleaved Zeus's forehead with an ax, and Athena sprang forth fully armed.
Athena is the Greek Goddess of Wisdom,Warfare, and Weaving. She was the daughter of Greek King of Gods, Zeus and Greek Titaness Metis. She is also half sister of Hercules. She is depicted as more self-righteous and condescending than wise. She was in Xena:Warrior Princess show.