2 Pallas

Not to be confused with the Pallas the giant, son of Gaia and Uranus, or Pallas the titan, son of Crius and Eurybia.

Named after Pallas Athene, an aspect of Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom. The epithet "Pallas" for this goddess was common, but there is not a consensus as to where it came from. Perhaps it comes from "to brandish," as in her spear, emphasizing her wisdom in matters of strategy and war.

Another story [1] suggests that Pallas was the name of the daughter of Triton, who raised Pallas and Athena alongside one another. Due to Zeus' errant meddling, Athena accidentally killed Pallas with her spear. In mourning, she created a statue of Pallas, the palladium, which eventually was conflated to be a statue of Athena herself, and thus the epithet Pallas Athena.

The symbol represents Athena's spear, devised by Baron Franz Xaver von Zach. It is represented in Unicode as U+26B4, with the symbol ⚴.

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[1] Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 3. 144 (trans. Aldrich) (Greek mythographer C2nd A.D.) [http://www.theoi.com/Nymphe/NymphePallas.html]


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