The Owl in Greek Mythology: Athena

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In Greek mythology, the owl is firmly linked with Athena, the Goddess of wisdom (and in later times, of battle). This Goddess is pictured with her owl perched on her shoulder (perhaps to whisper in her ear?). Some say that this is why the owl is in modern times associated with Wisdom.

The city of Athens - dedicated to Athena - had an owl image on its coins, and they came to be known as "owls".

There is so much more to be said about the owl in Greek legend! I'll include more here as I collect the stories.



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