by CTCWeb Editors
As one of the twelve main gods, Athena’s relatives and offspring appear in many main stream and well-known myths. Since Athena was a virgin goddess, the number of children represented by the chart is one. Below are the beginnings of a chart of Athena’s family, including her child by a god. Students should fill in the blanks to complete the chart. They can then use this chart to complete the next assignment of creating a family tree for the god.
At the bottom of the chart is a list of vases and sculpture depicting the birth of Athena.
The Birth of Athena
Boston 00.330, Berlin F 1704, Florence 4209, London B 424, London E 410, Louvre CA 616, Philadelphia MS3440, Philadelphia MS3441.
Using the information from the Encyclopedia entry for Athena or from the above chart, student should create a family tree for Athena like the one below. Notice that separate trees may need to be created to include all the relevant family members. Student should devise their own symbols that denote: relation, unknown parentage, sex, etc.