She was the favored child of Zeus as well as the goddess of wisdom, war, crafts, and battle tactics. Her symbol was the owl. She was a virgin goddess like Artemis and Hestia. She was heavily devoted to keeping her virginity and implored her priestesses to do the same. So when her uncle, Poseidon raped her favorite priestess, Medusa, she was outraged. Not at her uncle for his crime, but at Medusa for losing her "innocence". Athena turned Medusa and her two sisters, Stheno and Euryale, into the Gorgons.