Originally posted by Evil lord Sauron
Athenas mother was called Metis, Zeus turned her into a fly and ate her, however Athena was born inside of Zeus's head (ouch), Zeus had a might headache, so Hephaestus cracked open his head, and out came Athena, dressed in shining armor (cliche)
Metis was Zeus's first wife. She was the goddess of prudence and wise judgement. He
married her at a time of great strife, either during or just after the battle of the pantheon of
gods with the titans (Cronus and friends). The marriage was one of utility, not passion.
Zeus didn't turn her into a fly; he tricked her into turning herself into one: they were playing
the game 'what can you turn into' and they were going back and forth between various
animals and when Zeus requested a fly and she turned he inhaled her.
This had the convenience of keeping her around -- she resided in his brain, continuing to
give him wisdom and advice -- but now freed Zeus to marry Hera.
However, Metis was pregnant with Athena. The headaches that Zeus was having was
from Metis's building of Athena's aegis (breastplate) which became her hallmark. She
literally set up a blacksmith inside Zeus's skull and was banging away. When he couldn't
take it anymore, he requested that Hephestus split open his head and out came Athena
replete with armor, cape and spear.
next, Apollo had two children, one of tham was Asclepias, what happened to him, and who was his mother?
Asciepias was the guy known as the first doctor. He had incredible healing powers which he
learned from the centaur Chiron (whom, it is said, wasn't quite a centaur, which were known
for their barbarism). However, he became arrogant and started raising people from the dead.
This irritated Hades and, ultimately, Zeus struck him down with a lightning bolt. The cadecus --
two intertwining snakes climbing up a staff -- was his symbol (I remember this because the
Cadecus was the name of my high school yearbook).
I didn't know that Apollo was his father, so I looked it up. His mother was a mortal named
Coronis. I recalled that she was killed, but not why: evidently, loving a god wasn't enough for
her and she had an affair with someone named Ischys (about whom I knew nothing). A crow
overheard about the affair and told Apollo who then told his sister, Artimis, to kill Coronis.
Artimis torched her (which stained the crow's feathers black, which is why they are now black
[aeteological explanation -- I love the Greeks!]). However, Apollo rescued the baby from the
fire and gave him to Chiron.