Daddy's Girl 8

posted October 6th, 2012, 6:44 am


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October 6th, 2012, 6:47 am

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Now we get to the part about Athena that always has been quite difficult for me to deal with. Her birth. Not only was she said to have been born from Zeus's head, but she was also supposed to have come out fully grown, dressed and armed. That's just too bizarre!

For a long time I didn't know how to depict that in my comics. I could have made it just an invented story (or used one of the lesser known traditions where Zeus isn't her father), but I wanted to somehow stick to the most famous myth. So in my version Athena was born from Zeus's head, but she was extremly small (and didn't assume the right proportions until she was out) and naked. No clothes or weapons.

The signs are from the Mycenaean writing system. I wanted Prometheus (yes, that guy is Prometheus) to write Athena's name, since Athena is one of the gods of the Classical pantheon who probably can be traced back to the Mycenaean period. The inscription A-ta-na po-ti-ni-ja has been found on a Linear B tablet and might be translated as "Lady Athena" or "Lady of Athens". So what I have written in the comic are the signs for a, ta and na.

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October 6th, 2012, 9:51 am

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I really like the way you illustrated this part of the myth. Gets the point across without being too grotesque!

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October 6th, 2012, 4:26 pm

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@mitchellbravo:
Thanks! It was very fun to copy the ancient Greek art style in the third panel. :)

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