Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Athena for Bluffers

The patron Goddess of Athens, she was insufferably wise, kind, diligent and interested in the finer things of life like spinning and weaving. She wasn't even born, but sprang, fully-armed, from the head of Zeus. Hephaistos wanted to marry her and Zeus said he could try but she gave him little encouragement. She beat up Poseidon, too. It's surprising that Germaine Greer hasn't made more of Athena. Female bluffers should be aware that if they find themselves called 'veritable Athena', they should not, whatever the circumstances or the lighting, construe this as a compliment.

Ross Leckie, Bluff your way in the Classics, xxii-xxiii

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