North Gubernator Emma Davis, Medina
If Latin students are in agreement upon anything, I think it is more than
fair to say Zeus is the worst. However, there is often debate on who the
actual best godly parent is. For my part, I believe the prize goes to Athena.
She’s clever, strong-willed, and knows exactly what to do in almost any
situation. That being said, no god or goddess is perfect, obviously. But one
thing Athena often receives blame for that I don’t think is fair is that of the
case with Medusa. We all know the myth; they were in Athena’s temple
when Poseidon cruelly tried to force himself upon Medusa, who was
unable to protect herself. As a result, she was transformed into a beast with
snakes for hair and a stone-cold gaze to petrify mankind. However, I am
among those who believe that Athena actually was trying to protect
Medusa from Poseidon’s cruelty. It is an argument which makes perfect
sense when you think about it! I cannot foresee why Athena, who is
relatively known for supporting women, would blame Medusa for the
cruelty of another man. Think about it, JCL-ers!
Athena wished to protect Medusa from the assault of those unworthy
of her affections ( and certainly unworthy of stealing them!) Thus, she
transformed her into a creature who could protect herself. Previously she
was a damsel who felt she couldn’t take care of herself--Athena gave her a
way to protect herself so that she could never be found incapacitated again.