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Birth of Athena | Attic black figure vase painting
Museum Collection Musée du Louvre, Paris
Catalogue No. Louvre CA616
Beazley Archive No. 300499
Ware Attic Black Figure
Shape Tripod Kothon
Painter Attributed to the C Painter
Date ca 570 - 565 B.C.
Period High Archaic


Side A: The goddess Athena is birthed from the head of Zeus. She is depicted as a miniature figure rising from the head of the god, equipped with a spear, shield and helm. The king of the gods is seated on a throne with a lightning bolt in his hand. Flanking him a pair of Eileithyiae raise their arms as midwives of the birth. Hephaestus (or perhaps Prometheus) stands to the right bearing the double-headed mallet or axe used to split open the skull of Zeus. Poseidon stands on the opposite side holding a trident. Other gods witness the birth.
Side B: The judgement of Paris (not shown).
Side C: The wedding of Zeus and Hera (not shown).


Zeus, Athena, Hephaestus, Eileithyia, Poseidon