Athena was the goddess of war, handicraft, and wisdom. She represented the virtues of justice and skill in warfare as opposed to the blood lust of Ares. She was associated with birds (especially the owl) and snake, and she was usually represented as a virgin goddess.
According to legend, Zeus swallowed Metis (his first wife), when she was pregent with Athena, on the advice of Gaea and Uranus, as Metis prophesied to Zeus that she would gave birth first to a girl and afterward to a boy, to whom the rule of world was destined. Athena sprang from the head of Zeus in full armour. In some version it is stated that Hephaestus or Prometheus or Hermes assisted Zeus in giving birth to Athena.
Aethra : Athena and Hephaestus : Gorgon : Momus : Perseus : Prometheus : Teiresias : The judgement of Paris : Theseus :