Athena, goddess of wisdom, was the patroness of weaving, crafts, and the more disciplined aspect of war. Called Parthenos (virgin), and Promachos (the one who leads in battle), she is often shown helmeted, wearing a goatskin breastplate and carrying a shield, with Medusa’s head depicted on either the breastplate or shield.
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