Athena – The OdysseyRead about another entry on the list.
Our reliable ole’ friend, Pallas Athena, is the goddess of wisdom, warfare, courage, inspiration… civilization…law…justice… and essentially all things ever. Yet her widely impressive and multifarious super-powers are no match for her outstanding loyalty to her buddy, Odysseus. Throughout his journey, she’s got his back; she sticks up for him against Big Man Zeus, changes into a mortal on several occasions to direct him to safety, and is always there to create awesome costumes to disguise him from ravenous suitors seeking to usurp his fortune/wife. And like any good friend, she always knows how to take the back seat to let others find their own way in valuable, character-building experiences…even if they take them 19-20 years to complete.
The Odyssey is among James Marriott and Mika Minio-Paluello's top ten journeys across the Mediterranean and Caspian Sea, Tony Bradman's top 10 list of father and son stories, John Mullan's lists ten of the best shipwrecks in literature, ten of the best monsters in literature, ten of the best examples of rowing in literature, and ten of the best caves in literature, as well as Madeline Miller's top ten list of classical books, Justin Somper's top ten list of pirate books, and Carsten Jensen's list of the top ten seafaring tales.