An ancient Greek statue of Athena Parthenos (Phidias); the goddess of arts and warcraft is depicted with her symbolic attributes: a shield, a helmet and a figure of the victory-goddess Nike. (National Archaeological Museum of Athens)
Athena in Bronze~ Ancient Alien Theory: Many believe the gods of mythology were an advanced civilization with flight technology and weaponry primitive humans could only describe as magical powers. Most speculate that there is no such thing as supernatural events or paranormal phenomena, only large gaps of unknowns within our understanding of what "natural" truly is.
The statue of the "Piraeus Athena" in the Archaeological Museum of Piraeus (Athens). The work has been given to either Kephisodotos or Euphranor (4th century B.C.), or deemed to be a Hellenistic-era creation in classicizing style. Picture by Giovanni Dall'Orto