The Egyptian Palace at Alexandria from the Vault of Nut
Year Four of Cleopatra's Reign (48 BC)
Another lady joined Isis and her two female companions in the
Vault of Nut—a tall, noble woman of aristocratic bearing, wearing a
flowing white chiton and the headdress of an owl, the symbol of
wisdom. It was Athena, Goddess of battle, Protectress of the once
golden city of Athens and of Cleopatra's Macedonian Greek ancestors.
Aloof and cold, she showed no amusement at what she considered Isis'
frivolities, the Royal Mother's overly maternal protectiveness, or
Astraia, the former Pharaoh's beloved consort's affections for the
young, newly reinstated Queen of Egypt. Athena had been called by
Isis in anticipation of the Battle of Alexandria, but it was already clear
that the warrior-goddess was not there to watch but to guide events to
her own desired conclusion.
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