Athena Alea

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Alea (Ancient Greek: Ἀλέα) was an epithet of the Greek goddess Athena, prominent in Arcadian mythology, under which she was worshiped at Alea, Mantineia and Tegea.[1][2] Alea was initially an independent goddess, but was eventually assimilated with Athena.[3] A statue of Athena Alea existed on the road from Sparta to Therapne.[4] Her most important sanctuary was the famous Temple of Athena Alea at Tegea.


  1. ^ Schmitz, Leonhard (1867). "Alea". In William Smith (ed.). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. Vol. 1. Boston: Little, Brown and Company. pp. 108–109.
  2. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece viii. 23. § 1, 9. § 3, ii. 17. § 7
  3. ^ Jost, Madeleine (1996). "Arcadian cults and myths". In Hornblower, Simon (ed.). Oxford Classical Dictionary. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  4. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece iii. 19. 3 7


 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1870). "Alea". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.

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