New World Athena

Did you know there is a life-size replica of the Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee?

No, neither did I.

Inside the Parthenon is Athena.

This is Athena. She scares me.

'Athena Parthenos' by Alan LeQuire, photo (C) Dean Dixon, accessed under licence via Wikipedia

'Athena Parthenos' by Alan LeQuire, photo (C) Dean Dixon, accessed under licence via Wikipedia

The goddess Athena is kick-arse. She's the goddess of wisdom and warfare, amongst other things. So she's smart, she fights, she argues with Zeus, and she helps the occasional mortal (i.e. gives them a metaphorical kick and tells them to get on with it).

In the Odyssey she's referred to as 'starry-eyed', 'bright-eyed' and 'grey-eyed'. And look at that statue! If there's light coming from her eyes, it's not a happy soft twinkly light, it's the sort of cold bright light that's going to burn you to a crisp. Do what Athena says, or else.

Thanks to Professor Andy at Coursera for his very interesting Nashville tip! I wouldn't have found the United States Parthenon otherwise . . .