Wednesday, 24 August 2011

A is for... Athena

Yeah, I'm getting all Greek mythology on yo ass! Athena is by far my most favouritest in the Greek pantheon of gods. She is heaps cool. Look at what she is the goddess of (according to wikipedia and verified by my memory)- wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, warfare, strength, strategy, female arts, crafts, justice and skill.

I enjoy how her skills are all like epic fighting stuff... and then there's 'craft' stuck in the middle as if she was hoping we wouldn't notice :) She was also all about helping heroes to succeed and was always sneakily aiding heroes on quests.

And if that's not enough reason to love her, she's the patron goddess of one of my favourite cities in the world, Athens. It's horribly dirty and smelly and everyone else in the world seems to hate it but I adore it.

There's nothing like being in a city that is as alive as it was thousands of years ago. and where there is history on every street corner. I am also extremely biased because I have been obsessed with the Parthenon since forever so it was amazing to get to walk around the city and be able to look at it whenever I wanted.

This next picture is taken from Mars Hill, where Paul preached when he was hanging out in Athens back in Bible times (yep, I have an Ancient History degree and 'Bible times' is an actual historical era...). It looks out onto some of the places that have been preserved... and then the sprawling city takes over.

And there are hundreds of friendly stray dogs just roaming around for me to befriend. I spent a week there just buying bread from the sweet old men on the street corners, going to the park and sitting on the grass, eating my bread and hanging out with my new dog friends whilst reading a book. I loved this dog so much, I wish I could have taken him home as a souvenir!!! He just sat at my feet and every time I stopped rubbing his belly, he'd look so affronted :)

I loved Greece so much, can you guess what I'm going to do for the letter 'G'????


Meg {henninglove} said...

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Abigail said...

I've never been to Greece, but I want to visit so badly! I've been to Italy... that's... still ancient? Also, Athena is my favorite, too.

Jennifer said...

Ah, I've always wanted to go there. Greek mythology intrigues me so much.