Athens of the South Olympics Triathlon
The Conservancy begins a social media campaign coinciding with the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where five Greek gods and five Greek goddesses will compete in a "digital" triathlon. Consisting of swimming, cycling, and running, we ask you to vote for which god and goddess will win each component of the competition. Below is pertinent information about each immortal competing in order for you to assess their strengths and abilities. We've also included Elementary and Middle School study guides, created by the Parthenon's education director DeeGee Lester, to involve your children.
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School Olympic Study Guides
The god of war, exemplifies the physical strength and violence necessary for success in competitions. His lack of strategic planning has led to many public embarrassments including siding with the (losing) Trojan army during the Trojan War. While he is dangerous and untamed, he would put up quite the fight for the gold.
The god of blacksmiths, was born unable to walk, so his mother, Hera, threw him from Olympus. While on Earth he became a master craftsman and was later accepted back to Olympus as the craftsman of the gods. In the triathlon, Hephaestus would build a bicycle that was faster than the other gods'. As for the other aspects of the race, he is known to be both clever and crafty.
The personification of the sun, drove a golden sun chariot across the sky every day. Helios' endurance, polished through these day-long journeys, ensures he is a viable competitor throughout the race
The god of the sea and brother to Zeus and Hades. He created the first horse in an attempt to impress the goddess Demeter. While he lost patronage of Athens to Athena, he was the patron god of Corinth and many southern Italian cities. Poseidon would excel in the underwater activities, but he may struggle on land.
The god of science and commerce and able to move so quickly between the mortal and immortal worlds that he acted as the messenger of the gods. He is also known as a trickster having stolen fifty cows from Apollo as a baby. Hermes would not only perform well in the running aspect of the race, but would most likely throw a few tricks at the other gods.
The goddess of the hunt and wilderness. She helped her mother give birth to her twin brother, Apollo, and thus became the protector of childbirth and labor. With her experience hunting, she would have the endurance to keep up with the other goddesses throughout the race.
The sea goddess and Poseidon's wife. In her natural aquatic setting, she would likely perform incredibly well but may struggle out of the water.
The goddess of wisdom and war, jumped from Zeus's head, fully formed and armed, after he experienced a major headache. While she prefers reason over violence, she will fight for just causes. She became the patron goddess of Athens after the city choose her gift of an olive tree over Poseidon's gift of salt water. She is also very competitive as she turned Arachne into a spider for claiming that she was a better weaver than Athena. Athena would play a strategic triathlon by understanding her competitors' strengths and weaknesses and using that knowledge to her advantage in order to win the gold.
The personification of the rainbow and the messenger of the gods. She is known to travel with the speed of the wind and would excel at any running competition.
The goddess of victory known to fly around battlefields rewarding champions with Laurel wreaths. She is very close to Athena and would likely rival any goddess on land.