Athena was the prime reason why Odysseus was able to come home. Throughout the Odyssey, Athena guided Odysseus in his quests. Odysseus started off on the wrong foot when he went to Cyclop 's island and blinded Polyphemus, Poseidon 's son. Polyphemus told his father to never allow Odysseus to return home. With this prayer, Poseidon listens and Odysseus starts on what will be a very long journey. Athena goes to her father Zeus to try to persuade him that Odysseus should be allowed to go home. Athena tells this to her father while Posiedon is away to visit Ethiopians world so he couldn 't interfere. Furthermore, Athena does additional things to help Odysseus return home. She disguises as Mentes and gives hope to Telemachus, Odysseus 's son, that his father is still alive. Athena gives Telemachus instructions on how to find his father. She tells him, "Fit out a ship with twenty oars, the best in sight and sail in a quest for your long lost father"(Homer 86). She even finds him the best ship and a crew to start on his voyage. Athena kept reassuring Telemachus that his father was still out there when he started to lose faith.
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...ng to look at her. Athena watched over Perseus on his quest to make sure he was safe.
As you can see, Athena plays an important role in almost every Greek Myth. She acts as a mentor and gives advice vital in their journey. Without Athena, Odysseus would have never found his way home because he couldn 't have possibly escaped Calypso 's island, swim to shore after his ship got damaged, fight off the suitors and hide his identity in Ithaca. Greece would have never won because the reason why they won was because of the Trojan horse and Athena came up with that idea. Hercules couldn 't have finished his labors so there would be no seventh labor. Of course, Perseus would have never finished his quest without Athena 's guidance. He would have probably ended up as a statue somewhere without her. Ultimately, she improves heroes lives because she helps them succeed.
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