Here are two stories about Athens.
At the Parthenon the Greek god Athena was born out of Zeus's head. Zeus is a Greek God who met a mortal girl called Metis when she was in a field picking flowers with an elf. An oracle of Gaea (pronounced guy-a) who is the Earth Mother then said that Metis's first child would be a girl and that her second child would be a boy who would take over from Zeus as leader of the Greek gods. When Metis was pregnant Zeus was afraid that her child would be the boy so he opened his mouth and swallowed her and her unborn child. This was the end of Metis, but also the start of Zeus's knowingness.
After a while Zeus got an unbearable headache, which made him scream out in pain so loudly it could be heard throughout the earth. The other gods came to see what the problem was. Hephaestus (pronounced hef-face-tess) took a giant axe and split open Zeus's skull. Out of the skull came Athena, fully grown and in a full set of armour. Due to the way of her birth, she became the goddess of smartness and wisdom.
Athens had no patron God, and both Poiseiden and Athena wanted to be the patron God of Athens. The King of Athens said that they should both offer a gift to the city and whichever gift the people of Athens liked best the person who gave that gift would be the patron God of Athens.
Poiseiden was to go first, he slammed his trident (three pointed spear) into the ground and a the dirt on top of a underground river exploded off, revealing a river. The people loved it until they came to taste it and realised that it was salty.
Athena stabbed her spear into the ground and a grove of olive trees erupted from the earth. The people of Athens chose Athena's gift therefore, Athena became the patron God of Athens. Athens was only called Athens after this day.
I already knew about these stories because I have the all eight of the Percy Jackson books, they have all of the Greek myths in them especially Percy Jackson And The Greek Gods.
It was cool being in the places that I've read about in books. We went to the Acropolis museum to see the frieze and the artefacts from the Acropolos. This is the east pediment.-
This is the west pediment.-
We saw what was left of the original pediments but they know what they looked like because the Romans made like a trillion copies. Story #1 is on the east pediment and story #2 is on the west pediment.
The Acropolis is awesome. Acropolis means a city (polis) built high up (acro) on a hill. It was built in the 5th century BC when the people were worshipping the Greek gods. Over 2,500 years the Parthenon has been a sanctuary, a church and a mosque. The building on the Acropolis have been destroyed during wars and have been rebuilt or replaced by newer buildings. The Acropolis was looted by Lord Elgin in the early 1800s and sold to the British museum. Since 1975 all of the buildings on the Acropolis have been being slowly restored.
I just liked the entire thing.
BEST TRIP EVER!!!!!!