Genuine Greek silver coin 5th century BC Ring depicting the goddess Athena
This sterling silver ring showcases an authentic Greek silver diobolus, sourced from an Athenian colony near Sybaris, founded in 443 BC. The coin's reverse side displays the image of a Bull.
Athena, one of the most renowned Greek Goddesses, symbolizes wisdom, courage, and serves as the patroness of the great city of Athens. Her utmost passion in life was to safeguard and lead the people of Athens, fighting for values such as justice, truth, and moral principles. Athena fearlessly embarked on heroic endeavors, earning her the title of the Goddess of War, yet her approach was distinct as she prioritized strategy over violence. As the daughter of Zeus, she possessed immense power, influence, and leadership qualities, representing the citizens of Athens.
As a Goddess devoted to her people, Athena found companionship not in traditional relationships but rather within her community and herself. Throughout the Greek world, she is often referred to as Athena Polias or "Athena of the City." An unwavering trailblazer, Athena's strength and independence rendered her an unstoppable force.
Despite her wisdom and dedication, Athena faced numerous challenges along her journey, where she had to prove herself. Notably, she engaged in a power struggle with Poseidon for the control of Athens. Both deities presented the citizens with gifts to demonstrate their ability to lead. Poseidon, as the God of the Sea, created a water source that was intended to be a valuable resource, but when the citizens attempted to drink it, they discovered it was salty. Employing her quick-wittedness, Athena gifted the citizens with an olive tree, fulfilling many of the city's needs. The olive tree provided fruit, oil for cooking, and wood for construction, making it evident that she was the leader capable of creating a better life for her people. In honor of her profound wisdom, Athena's symbol became the owl.
The aegis, mentioned in the Iliad, refers to an item carried by Athena and Zeus. It is open to various interpretations, including an animal skin or a shield, often featuring the head of Medusa, a Gorgon. The modern concept of doing something "under someone's aegis" implies undertaking an action under the protection of a powerful, knowledgeable, or benevolent source. The word "aegis" is associated with the notion of protection by a formidable force, originating from Greek mythology and later adopted by the Romans.
References to Athena's aegis can be found in multiple passages in the Iliad. It is described as producing a sound akin to the roaring of countless dragons and is carried by Athena during battles.