IV

Translated from EVROPA SOBERANA


Athena_Parthenos_LeQuire

Athena, the daughter of Zeus, goddess of wisdom, insight, cunning and strategic warfare in The Iliad, is described no more no less than a total of 57 times as “blue eyed” (in some variations, “green eyed”), and in The Odyssey a comparable number of times. Pindar referred to her as xanthus and glaukopis, meaning “blonde, blue-eyed.” Hesiod is content to call her “of green eyes” in his Theogony (15, 573, 587, 890 and 924), as well as Alcaeus and Simonides; while the Roman Ovid, in his Metamorphoses, which tells the perdition of Arachne, calls the goddess “manly and blond maiden.”

Athena Parthenos

Replica at Nashville, the largest piece of
indoor sculpture in the Western World:
a reconstruction of the Athena Parthenos.
Notice the golden hair and blue eyes.

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