Francois Arnaud as Ares, God of war, bloodshed, and violence. The son of Zeus and Hera, he was depicted as a beardless youth, either nude with a helmet and spear or sword, or as an armed warrior. Homer portrays him as moody and unreliable, and he generally represents the chaos of war in contrast to Athena, a goddess of military strategy and skill.
Athena [Ἀθηνᾶ] is the goddess of wisdom, courage, civilization, law and justice, mathematics, strength, war strategy and the arts and she is the daughter of Zeus. According to myth, Athena competed with Poseidon for becoming the patron goddess of the city of Athens, and she won by creating the olive tree; the Athenians named the city after her. She is usually depicted wearing a helmet and a goat skin breastplate. She’s often linked with the owl as it represents wisdom & watchfulness.
The scale-mail is made from polished steel scales and steel rings. It was painstakingly "woven" by me over several weeks in an effort to better prepare my guinea pig Lucky for the dangers of the modern world. The helmet was purchased at a Renaissance Faire later as it was the perfect finishing touch.
Pallas Athene the Greek goddess of wisdom and courage was a daughter of Zeus. He suffered a terrible headache, so called upon the blacksmith god Hephaestus to bring him a radical cure. With a single swing of his mighty axe, Hephaestus cleaved open the head of Zeus, whereupon with a loud cry sprang forth Pallas Athene - fully grown and armed.
An interesting attempt to recreate what the Corinthian helmets worn by Leonidas’ bodyguards, the brothers Alfeos [Alpheos] and Maron, may have looked like. Traditionally they are held by some to have been Olympic champions, and so in place of a horsehair crest, the helmet is decorated with a representation of an Olympic champion’s wreath of victory.
Athena Goddess by cliford417.deviantart.com. A very nice image with the helmet down, a cunning look, a dark aspect, and Medusa's head well-rendered on the shield. A look at the dangerous side of the Goddess of War.