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 (ə-thē′nə) also A·the·ne (-nē)
n. Greek Mythology
The goddess of wisdom, the practical arts, and warfare, and the protector of cities, especially Athens.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Athene - (Greek mythology) goddess of wisdom and useful arts and prudent warfareAthene - (Greek mythology) goddess of wisdom and useful arts and prudent warfare; guardian of Athens; identified with Roman Minerva
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
2.Athene - a genus of StrigidaeAthene - a genus of Strigidae      
bird genus - a genus of birds
family Strigidae, Strigidae - a family of nocturnal birds of the order Strigiformes
Athene noctua, little owl - small European owl
References in classic literature ?
They have sinned against Eros and against Pallas Athene, and not by any heavenly intervention, but by the ordinary course of nature, those allied deities will be avenged.
Opposite was a large bookcase, with a marble bust of Athene on the top.
And he bade famous Hephaestus make haste and mix earth with water and to put in it the voice and strength of human kind, and fashion a sweet, lovely maiden-shape, like to the immortal goddesses in face; and Athene to teach her needlework and the weaving of the varied web; and golden Aphrodite to shed grace upon her head and cruel longing and cares that weary the limbs.
And the goddess bright-eyed Athene girded and clothed her, and the divine Graces and queenly Persuasion put necklaces of gold upon her, and the rich-haired Hours crowned her head with spring flowers.
First on Athene I call; O Zeus-born goddess, defend!
or, more probably, attributing the victory to the ancient good order of Athens and to the favor of Apollo and Athene.
Veal's, and the domestic chaplain to the Right Honourable the Earl of Bareacres was spouting away as usual, a smart carriage drove up to the door decorated with the statue of Athene, and two gentlemen stepped out.
Director Jacques Tourneur's fine British horror features some genuinely frightening moments and a great cast, including Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis and Athene Seyler.
Now, published not by the Gallery but by the enterprising and, on the evidence of the sumptuous and richly-illustrated book, generous house of Pallas Athene, comes The Nation's Mantelpiece.
It went into the West End with Athene Seyler in 1957.
In 1997, Howard Kaushansky co-founded Boulder's Athene Software, which applied marketing analytics to the telecom market to cut down on customer churn.
A new study shows that the owls, Athene cunicularia (ah-THEE-nee CYOON-ihcuh-LAIR-ee-ah), gather the waste to attract dung beetles--a favorite snack.