Greek goddess of wisdom and strategy in battle. Athena is the daughter of Zeus and Metis. Fearing a prophesy which told that Metis would bare a child who would be more powerful that the father. Zeus quickly devoured the pregnant Metis just as His father Cronus had done many ages before. Soon after, Zeus began to suffer from terrible headaches. Hermes, the messenger god, directed another god, Hephaestus, to split open the head of Zeus with a wedge. When Hephaestus struck the mighty blow a new goddess fully armed and armored sprung from the wound. Her name was Athena. But this was not the child who would one day overthrow Zeus... Athena went on to play a pivotal role in the lives of many mortals seeking wisdom and guidance through their noble quests such as Jason and Perseus. Athena lends her name to Athens Greece that is home to the Parthenon which in ancient times was a temple to Her.