Athene is best known as the Greek Goddess sacred to the city of Athens. Originally, she was a Libyan goddess from North Africa. In the Greek legends she was born from the head of Zeus. She has dozens of attributes which include: warrior-goddess and protectress of heroes; patron of architects, sculptors, spinners, and weavers; protectress of horses and oxen; and a counsellor-goddess famed for her wisdom. The owl is associated with her. Sulphur is an element identified with her because it was believed that burning brimstone (sulphur) would drive away the evil spirits that caused disease. Athene's major temple was Parthenon which means "virgin-house".

The Athene was also the name of a ship docked in Southampton. On its way to Thessalonica seeking also to trade in Malaga and Tunis.