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Athena
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(᾽Αθήνη/Athḗnē, Athenaía). Many Greek poleis chose the goddess Athena (with the epiclesis Poliás) as their patron deity. Several cities, including Rome (where Athena was identified with Minerva), claimed to have secured her protection in the form of a portable statue (palladion) at the time of their founding. In the internal social structure of the polis, Athena was chosen as goddess by different groups. (1) The armed Pállas was chosen by the male citizens as decisive force in ordered battle and as patron of the horse…

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Auffarth, Christoph, “Athena”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 08 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_01230>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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