Athena in The Odyssey


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The character of Athena is one of the most important figures in Homer's ancient poem, The Odyssey. Who is Athena?

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1. According to The Odyssey and classical Greek myth, what are the circumstances of Athena's birth?

2. In The Odyssey, what is Athena's relationship with King Odysseus and his family?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and accompanying worksheet was developed to see what your knowledge level is about Athena's role in The Odyssey. See if you can correctly answer questions regarding Athena's role as a Goddess, her powers, and her role in Odysseus' life.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz will test you on:

  • Description and attributes of Athena
  • Circumstances of Athena's birth
  • Relationships between Athena, Odysseus, and his family
  • Reasons Athena allows Odysseus to be punished after insulting Poseidon
  • Basis for the shape-shifter depiction so often used for Athena

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can review information regarding the use of shape-shifting to depict Athena and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the relationship between Athena and Odysseus
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify how Athena was born

Additional Learning

See more on this topic by reviewing the lesson called Athena in The Odyssey. Take a look at:

  • The role Odysseus played in society
  • Renowned war Odysseus fought in
  • How Athena helped Odysseus reclaim his throne