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posted 16th May 2020, 5:44 PM

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16th May 2020, 5:44 PM


The Panathenaea was an Athenian festival in the honour of its patron goddess Athena. The Lesser Panathenaea was held annually, but every four years the Athenians celebrated the Great Panathenaea, which was an extended and more magnificent version of the Lesser. Besides procession and sacrifices, it included chariot races, athletic contests and music and poetry competitions.

Athena had competed with Poseidon to be the patron deity of Athens. She won because she gave the Athenians the olive tree. In my version she couldn’t have given them the very first olive tree, though, since humans had been around for thousands of years before she was born and already cultivated olives. But by giving them one (or maybe a whole olive grove), she didn’t just demonstrate her power. She also proved that she understood what they needed.

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