According to legend and mythology, the Greek Athena parthenon statue represents a goddess who was born from the head of her father Zeus, ruler of the gods on Mount Olympus, fully grown and fully armed with strong attributes of self-confidence, courage, strength, intelligence and judiciousness. Athena (Minerva) was worshipped as the giver of civilization. In Greek mythology, Athena was the goddess of wisdom, household arts, crafts, spinning, weaving and textiles. Athena, and the statue in the picture, symbolizes the Roman "goddess of war" because she was the guardian of Athens and so the city was named after her. The statue of Athena symbolizes a defender of heroes, champion of justice and upholder of civil law.