How was the Owl perceived in ancient Greece:
Athena’s feathered friend, the owl, represents not only the city but also the concepts of #wisdom and #prosperity.
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The owl has been a defining feature of the #Acropolis and the city of Athens for centuries, and there are many more to be seen, both in the museum and around the city.
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In classical times, the owl was the emblem of the city of Athens. It was the sacred bird of the goddess Athena, the city’s patron deity. Vase paintings, statues and reliefs often show Athena in the company of an owl, which sometimes flies around her and at other times sits on her shoulder, imparting its counsel. In addition to being a fierce protectress of the city, Athena was the goddess of wisdom, and the owl was the embodiment of her intellectual powers.
🍀 While people from other cultures around the world associate the owl with misfortune and witchcraft, the ancient Athenians considered it a good omen.
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