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This article is about the goddess in Age of Mythology. For the hero unit, see Athena (unit). For the god in Age of Empires: Mythologies, see Athena (Age of Empires: Mythologies).

You have advanced to the Classical Age through the Wisdom of Athena.
—Age up text in Age of Mythology

Athena is a Classical Age Greek minor god in Age of Mythology. She is available to worshipers of Zeus and Hades.


God power[]

  • RestorationIcon Restoration: Restores hit points to all friendly units and buildings in a large target area for a short period of time.


Myth unit[]

  • MinotaurIcon Minotaur: Tough melee unit that is good against other melee units, including myth units. Its special attack is flinging a unit away from combat, dealing it extra damage. It also has 10 crush damage, meaning it is good against buildings in a Classical Age rush.

Technology tree[]

God power
Labyrinth of Minos
Military Academy
Aegis Shield


Athena's bonuses are defensive and protective. Her improvements increase the resistance of Infantry to both pierce and hack attacks. Greek infantry already have high armor, so this makes them even tougher. Athena also improves her Minotaurs in combat, making a tough myth unit that is difficult to counter early on. Her god power, Restoration, heals all units and buildings in a wide area. It can be used to press forward an attack with rejuvenated units, or help a defense in dire need.


The goddess of wisdom, crafts, justice, and war, she is often associated with a shield for war, the owl for wisdom, or the olive tree. When Athena and Poseidon vied to be the patron of a prominent city, they held a contest to see who could give the city the finest gift. Poseidon provided a well, but it produced salty water. Athena gave the olive tree that provided food, oil, and wood. The city took the name Athens.

Athena had a prominent role in Homer's epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey, serving as Odysseus' patron throughout his long voyage. In addition to sponsoring warriors and heroes, she introduced many skills necessary for civilization. In an unusual but not unique birth, she sprang from Zeus' head fully grown and ready for battle. Legends say that Zeus had prevented a normal birth of a son with Athena's abilities, who he feared would unseat him. Although she was a protector of human heroes, she maintained a distance from male gods whom she perhaps found unworthy of her. Athena's companion was Nike, the goddess of victory.
—In-game section


Gods in Age of Mythology
ArchaicAge Archaic Age
ClassicalAge Classical Age
HeroicAge Heroic Age
MythicAge Mythic Age
GreekPortrait Greeks ZeusPortrait Zeus
HadesPortrait Hades
PoseidonPortrait Poseidon
AthenaIcon Athena

HermesIcon Hermes

AresIcon Ares
ApolloIcon Apollo

DionysusIcon Dionysus

AphroditeIcon Aphrodite
HeraIcon Hera

HephaestusIcon Hephaestus

ArtemisIcon Artemis
EgyptianPortrait Egyptians RaPortrait Ra
IsisPortrait Isis
SetPortrait Set
BastIcon Bast

PtahIcon Ptah

AnubisIcon Anubis
HathorIcon Hathor/AoMR Sobek icon Sobek

SekhmetIcon Sekhmet

NephthysIcon Nephthys
OsirisIcon Osiris

HorusIcon Horus

ThothIcon Thoth
NorsePortrait Norse ThorPortrait Thor
OdinPortrait Odin
LokiPortrait Loki
FreyjaIcon Freyja

HeimdallIcon Heimdall

ForsetiIcon Forseti
SkadiIcon Skadi

BragiIcon Bragi

NjordIcon Njord
BaldrIcon Baldr

TyrIcon Tyr

HelIcon Hel
AtlanteanPortrait Atlanteans KronosPortrait Kronos
OranosPortrait Oranos
GaiaPortrait Gaia
PrometheusIcon Prometheus

LetoIcon Leto

OceanusIcon Oceanus
HyperionIcon Hyperion

RheiaIcon Rheia

TheiaIcon Theia
HeliosIcon Helios

AtlasIcon Atlas

HekateIcon Hekate
ChinesePortrait Chinese FuXiPortrait Fu Xi
NuWaPortrait Nü Wa
ShennongPortrait Shennong
HuangDiIcon Huang Di

SunWukongIcon Sun Wukong

ChangEIcon Chang'e
DaboGongIcon Dabo Gong

ZhongKuiIcon Zhong Kui

HeBoIcon He Bo
ChongliIcon Chongli

AoKuangIcon Ao Kuang

XiWangmuIcon Xi Wangmu
Major gods have circular icons