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We began as Athenas in 2016 and have formalized as the Cybersecurity Council of Arizona. Learn more and join the mailing list here: https://www.ccofaz.org

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Athena acted as the protector of the community and knowledge, called the goddess of wisdom, craft, and war. Athena is often represented by an owl.

Athena was the protector of the community and knowledge.

-> Athena is the goddess of wisdom, craft, and war[1] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athena#cite_note-2) in ancient Greek religion (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Greek_religion) and mythology (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_mythology).

-> Throughout the Greek world, Athena was venerated as the protectress of the city (polis (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polis));[4] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athena#cite_note-FOOTNOTEBurkert1985140-5)

-> Nilsson and others have claimed that, in early times, Athena was either an owl (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owl) herself or a bird goddess (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bird_goddess) in general.[20] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athena#cite_note-FOOTNOTENilsson1950496-21)

-> In her aspect of Athena Polias, Athena was venerated as the goddess of the city and the protectress of the citadel.[4] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athena#cite_note-FOOTNOTEBurkert1985140-5)[29] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athena#cite_note-FOOTNOTEHerrington195511-15-32)

-> As Athena Promachos (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athena_Promachos), she was believed to lead soldiers into battle.[34] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athena#cite_note-FOOTNOTEHerrington195511-14-37)[35] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athena#cite_note-FOOTNOTESchmitt20001059-1073-38) Athena represented the disciplined, strategic side of war, in contrast to her brother Ares (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ares), the patron of violence, bloodlust, and slaughter—"the raw force of war".[36] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athena#cite_note-FOOTNOTEDarmon1992114-115-39) Athena was believed to only support those fighting for a just cause[36] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athena#cite_note-FOOTNOTEDarmon1992114-115-39) and was thought to view war primarily as a means to resolve conflict.[36] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athena#cite_note-FOOTNOTEDarmon1992114-115-39)

-> Athena was believed to favor those who used cunning and intelligence rather than brute strength.[42] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athena#cite_note-FOOTNOTEHurwit199918-45)

[Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athena ]

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