Vase: Oenochoe with red figures (Athena and Heracles)
Vase: Oenochoe with red figures (Athena and Heracles)
Ceramic, Athens, ca. 420 BC
Louvre Museum, Paris

© Picture H. Landowski/RMN


" She does not hesitate to argue with Poseidon about the possession of Attica.
Whereas the god with his trident stroke Acropolis from which a splendid horse emerged,
or a salt lake according to other versions, the goddess offered an olive tree,
symbol of peace and wealth to the inhabitants of the country.
The latter found that the tree would be more useful than the horse and finally choose Athena as proctectress.”

From Mythe et mythologie, Félix Guirand, Joël Schmidt, Larousse, In extenso, 1997


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