Question of the Week: Artemis vs Athena

Time for a new deity battle!  This time the two are in the same pantheon.

Athena is the goddess of wisdom, war, and crafts.  Her favored weapon is a spear and she carries a shield and the Aegis, Zeus’ chest shield.  She wears a helmet when going to battle and is said to ride in a chariot as well.  Her favored animals are the owl and snake.  Athena could be a tough opponent in any battle not only for her physical prowess but for her wisdom and cunning.

Artemis, technically a half-sister of Athena because their father is Zeus, is the goddess of the hunt, wilderness, childbirth, and virginity, and she is associated with the moon.  She carries golden arrows and favors the bow in a fight.  Her animals are hunting dogs and deer, though as goddess of wild animals she can call on any wild beast.  Artemis also drives a chariot.  Artemis would also be formidable in a fight, as she is young and strong and known for her skill with the bow.

If Artemis and Athena were locked in battle against each other (for whatever reason–if it helps, make up a scenario), who would be most likely to win?

Put your answer in the comments below!


3 responses to “Question of the Week: Artemis vs Athena

  1. Artemis has better long-ranged attacks, doesn’t she? Athena’s aegis probably will give her some decent protection against the arrows, but if she can’t close the distance then Artemis can just keep on firing and Athena wouldn’t have any mean to retaliate.

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