The Hidden Identity of the Woman Glorified as Athena: Her Link to the Pre-Flood World
Here is that woman in all her splendor, reconstructed in the imitation Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee, based on the original in her ancient temple atop Athens’ Acropolis—the high place of the city. Athena is a title or epithet. We’ll find out her real human name as we continue.
Bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson from his memorial in Washington, DC compared with Athena's imitation gold and ivory idol-image in Nashville, Tennessee, with the man responsible for the reconstruction, Alan LeQuire, standing next to her. (Author provided)
Alan LeQuire, who reconstructed her idol-image, stands beside her, giving us an idea of the immense adoration the ancient Greeks had for this woman. But why?
I’ve placed a proportional image of Thomas Jefferson from his Washington, DC memorial next to her for comparison of their relative importance. As great as Jefferson was, his statue pales in stature next to the 40-foot-tall Athena. She is more than twice his size.
Jefferson’s statue is made of bronze; Athena’s, of ivory and gold fashioned around a wooden core.
We honor Jefferson as the man who led the American colonies in declaring independence from the British Crown. The ancients adored Athena as the woman who, after the Flood, led most of mankind in declaring their independence from the authority of Noah and his God.
There is no Creator in the Greek religious system—only deified ancestors who welcome the serpent’s “enlightenment.” On the idol-image, inside Athena’s protective shield, the Genesis serpent rises up next to her. In her right hand she holds, Nike, or Victory. The meaning is self-evident to me: This is the woman whose friendship with the serpent has led to mankind’s victory over Noah and his God-fearing offspring.
Greek sculptors and artists consistently identified Athena with the serpent. From her pre-Parthenon temple, her idol-image, below, grasps the serpent that trims her aegis, a symbol of authority, and she wears a crown of serpents—she has the mind of the serpent. On the vase painting from about 500 BC, she wears her serpent-trimmed aegis as she appears to be getting instructions from the serpent.
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Left, on Athena's pre-Parthenon idol image from about 450 BC, she wears a crown of serpents and grasps the serpent that trims her aegis - her cloak of authority. Right, on a vase from the same period, Athena stands as if receiving instructions from the serpent. The vase handle blocks part of the serpent and tree. (Author provided)
The Ancestors Who Put the Greek Religious System “in Place”
How can we be sure she was a real woman? The answer to that is self-evident as well: The Greek gods look and act exactly like real people because they were real people.
In Plato’s Dialogue, Euthydemus (at 302d), Sokrates referred to Zeus, Apollo, and Athena as his “lords and ancestors.”
Saint Augustine understood as well that the gods were but glorified ancestors ( City of God, VIII. 26).
According to the Greeks, Herakles accomplished many feats as a man here on earth. Upon his death, Nike transported him in her chariot to join his ancestors on Mount Olympus.
The Greek word for gods is theoi, meaning literally “placers.” The Greek gods, almost exclusively, are the ancestors in the way of Cain who put the God-shunning, serpent-welcoming, and mankind-exalting Greek religious system “in place.”
We build grand monuments to our own accomplished ancestors. They look like temples because they are temples. Inside the Lincoln Memorial, we read, “In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever.”
Inside Athena’s ancient temple, her idol-image undoubtedly evoked a similar sentiment, something akin to this: “In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom she brought back the way of Cain and the serpent’s enlightenment after the Flood, the memory of this adored woman we call Athena, is enshrined forever.”
We learn from Acts 17:23 that Paul stood on the Areopagus (the hill of Ares) in Athens, and read on the pedestal there: "To the Unknown God." Next to where Paul stood, towered the Acropolis—the precinct of the way of Cain with Athena's temple and her idol image on its summit. She is the reason that God was unknown to the Greeks and to most of the rest of humanity as well.