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Athena's Roman equivalent is Minerva.
-- wiswina  12/3/2005
Actually, I read in a name book that Athena actually means "wise", which makes sense as she is the Goddess of Wisdom.
-- gaia17  8/1/2007
My first daughter's name is Athina, the original form of Athene. She is the goddess of wisdom in Greek mythology and associated with the Owl. Athina is the goddess of Athens, she gave the city the olive tree as a present, that was one of the most important crop of ancient and even today's Greece. My daughter has 100 olive trees on our field and at the age of 2 she is already looking after them. :)
-- panni  2/25/2009
If you google it you'll get nothing or Meaning unknown, PERHAPS derived from Greek αθηρ (ather) "sharp" and αινη (aine) "praise" which is for sure very wrong. In original form it is Αθηνα (ATINA), In a Macedonian language or like Greeks like to say Slavo-Macedonian Atina is derived from ATA-ATINA-old church Slavonic or Slavo Macedonian-TATINA-modern Macedonian meaning father's girl. And how the godess Athena was born: After he swallowed her pregnant mother, Metis, Athena is "born" from Zeus' forehead as he grasps the clothing of Eileithyia on the right; black-figured amphora, 550–525 BC, Louvre. So you see why she is the FATHER'S GIRL- SHE WAS BORN BY HER FATHER. Because there is no material proof that Slavs came into Macedonia, actually Slavs are just a theory who was accepted without any material or archeological proves for any kind of so- called Slav tribes appears that those tribes who were called Slavs are actually indigenous people of the south Balkan. If we consider that the Athena is founded by indigenous Pelasgians and not by Hellens who were newcomers than you have the answer who gave the name ATINA. Hellens were newcomers, Hellens or in Greek Ellada-Ella-COME-THOSE who came- The newcomers. And why Hellens were newcomers : The Phoenician prince Cadmus came and settled on Peloponnese, he was the founder and the first king of Thebes. He brought with him nothing but their own language and alphabet. Today known as the Greek alphabet instead of Phoenician or Lebanon alphabet. After him on Peloponnese came and settled Egyptian prince Danaus, he was the founder and king of the famous city of Argos, his twin brother was Aegyptus. In Homer's Iliad, "Danaans" ("tribe of Danaus") and "Argives" commonly designate the Greek forces opposed to the Trojans. Those people are the real Hellens, because of them today, a modern country Greece is called Hellas or by Greeks Ellada, ethymology- Ellada-ella which means ¨CAME or someone who Came- The newcomers. These two princes destroyed or led to destruction of the ancient civilization of the indigenous people who lived there. Because of them, the modern Greeks encountered phenotypes and genotypes of dark skinned people. And as you know Alexander the Macedon was not Hellen, he was Blond and a true Macedonian..!
-- dr_petreb  11/12/2016

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