Thursday, September 23, 2010

Myths and Legends: Athena and Poseidon

Athena and Poseidon. To find out more about the contest between Athena and Poseidon, see this Wikipedia article: link; for information about the image: image source.

This painting by the "Amasis Painter" (you can see where it says AMASIS MEPOIESEN, "Amasis Made Me") shows Athena and Poseidon. In a famous incident, the two gods competed for the favor of the people of Athens; the city did not yet have a divine patron. Athena won the contest by giving the people an olive tree and so the city is known as Athens even now.

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