Τετάρτη, 13 Μαΐου 2009

ATHENS

Significant town of the ancient Greece.

Athens was a town where the arts and the philosophy had been blooming for centuries. Nowadays, Athens is the capital of Greece and is still known for its glorious history.

But where did Athens take its name from?

Well, according to a Greek myth there were two gods.
The one was named Poseidon and the other Athena. They both wanted to give to this town their name and be its protectors.
These were the reasons why they had a little fight in the highest area of the town whose name is Pnyx.
There Poseidon gave the inhabitants the horse and the water of the sea.

On the other hand Athena had donated only an olive-tree.
The crowd decided that the olive-tree was more useful than the Poseidon’s gifts, not only because this tree provides its fruit but also because olive was believed to be the symbol of Peace. This is why our town is named Athens.


The Goddess Athena
Athena was one of the twelve Olympian gods and she was supposed to be born from the mind of Zeus, the supreme Olympian God. She was the goddess of wisdom and peace.
Her symbols were the olive-tree and the owl.
Theoretically, the Athena’s olive-tree still stands on the Acropolis.


The God Poseidon


Poseidon was one of the three brother gods of Olympus, who divided the world among them. Poseidon's lot was the sea. He was also the god of water, horses, storms, earthquakes and the natural phenomena in general. He was considered responsible for shipwrecks and drowning.

His symbols were the dolphin, the horse and the three-pronged trident.

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