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ATHENA

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Athens is one of the world’s oldest cities and has a history of over 3000 years. The details of its founding are not known; the rich mythology of ancient Greeks fills in the blanks. According to the legend, Cecrops was the founder and first King of Athens. Half man and half serpent, he emerged from the earth and during his reign, he instituted monogamy and the burial of the dead. He also participated in the Council of the Twelve Olympian Gods, in which Athena, goddess of wisdom and knowledge, quarreled with Poseidon, god of sea, over who should be protector of Athens; the council decided that patron of the city would become the god that would offer the best gift to the city. Poseidon struck the rock of Acropolis with his trident, and water rushed out, along with a horse. Athena also struck the rock with her spear and an olive tree emerged. The Council said Athena was the winner, so she became the patron of the city, which was also named after her.

The Temple of Athena in Athens

Athena was the great Olympian goddess of wise counsel, war, the defense of towns, heroic endeavor weaving, pottery and other crafts. She was depicted crowned with a crested helm, armed with shield and spear, and wearing the snake-trimmed aigis cloak wrapped around her breast and arm, adorned with the monstrous head of the Gorgon. She was the daughter of Zeus and Metis, and she was born fully grown and in full armor out of her father’s head after he swallowed her mother.

Athena was worshiped in all parts of Greece, and from the ancient towns on the Lake Copais her worship was introduced at a very early period into Attica, where she became the great national divinity of the city and the country. Here she was afterwards regarded as the goddess of beauty, health, and the serpent, the symbol of perpetual renovation, was sacred to her. At Lindus in Rhodes her worship was likewise very ancient. Among the things sacred to her we may mention the owl, serpent, cock, and olive-tree.

The Athena sandals and a modern Athena.

The Athena sandal captures the goddess within. It's whimsical ankle detail captures the spirit of femininity and power. We love it dressed up for a night out like this

The Athena sandal in gold

Athena will forever be a strong deep-rooted city with the eyes of the goddess Athena upon it. Our wish is that this sandal inspires you to think and feel like a goddess, at least for the day!!!

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The Meraki Company