A little owl (Athene noctua) represents or accompanies Athena, the goddess of wisdom, in Greek mythology. The same little owl is also linked to Athena’s Roman incarnation, Minerva. As such, this special bird is often referred to as the “owl of Athena” or “the owl of Minerva”.
This symbol is inspired by an ancient Silver tetradrachm coin at the Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon depicting the owl of Athena (circa 480–420 BC). The inscription “ΑΘΕ” is an abbreviation of ΑΘΗΝΑΙΩΝ, which can be translated as “of the Athenians”.
The owl has long been used as a symbol of knowledge, erudition, and wisdom throughout the Western world.
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The unisex heavy cotton tee is the basic staple of any wardrobe. The specialty spun fibers provide a smooth surface for premium printing vividness and sharpness. No side seams mean there are no itchy interruptions under the arms. The shoulders have tape for improved durability.
.: 100% cotton (fiber content may vary for different colors)
.: Medium fabric (5.3 oz/yd² (180 g/m²))
.: Classic fit
.: Tear-away label
.: Runs true to size
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