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What is that on Athena's chest?

It's not clear from your picture, but the face is most probably a Gorgoneion, a recurring element of Athena's iconography: In Ancient Greece, the Gorgoneion (Greek: Γοργόνειον) was a special ...
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Why did Apollo trick Artemis into killing Orion?

Most writers ascribe Apollo's trickery to jealousy. This particular version of the Orion myth comes from the poet Istros, as preserved by Hygnius in his De Astronomicon. The original Latin text is as ...
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When did the maiden goddesses choose to become a maiden forever?

There is one poem by Callimachus that describes Artemis asking her father to allow her to remain a virgin forever as a child. Artemis we hymn – no light thing is it for singers to forget her – ...
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Virgin goddesses outside of the Greek and Roman traditions?

Well, christianity is kinda famous for being considered non-pagan (at least by christians) and Mary being chaste. She is not technically a goddess, but is a mother to their God.
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Why did druidesses vow perpetual virginity?

Perhaps an answer can be found from a different group of Celtic people, the Welsh: Math fab Mathonwy was a king of Gwynedd who needed to rest his feet in the lap of a virgin unless he was at war, or ...
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What was Athena's punishment for her involvement in a plot against Zeus?

There was none It is specifically noted in this passage from wikipedia that there is doubt as to whether the event is canonical mythology or simply a creation of Homer to add literary weight to ...
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Virgin goddesses outside of the Greek and Roman traditions?

The Kumari The Virgin Goddess should be a plausible answer to your question! Whether this is a good fit here, it does remain interesting. The ancient practice of Kumari worship is vigorously alive ...
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Greek female name associated with gifts, a tool, a weapon, or a lie - must sound relatively 'normal' for a modern name

Basically you'd have to modernize an existing name to your purpose. *(F) = Female *(M) = Male Hesiod, Theogony 211ff (trans. Evelyn White; Greek epic 8th or 7th century B.C.):[3] And Nyx (F)(Night) ...
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What was the Aztec religion's view of virginity?

1950's conservative: While I'm not an expert, from what I can find, the Aztecs had an attitude about sex that would have fit in the 1950's. Virginity was expected of women when they married, less so ...
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Greek female name associated with gifts, a tool, a weapon, or a lie - must sound relatively 'normal' for a modern name

Best two-edged name I can think of is IEZABEL (Ἰεζάβελ): Greek form of Hebrew Iyzebel ("Ba'al exalts," "unchaste," or "without cohabitation"), but meaning "chaste, intact.". Modern-day form would be ...
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Why did Apollo trick Artemis into killing Orion?

Artemis represents the untamed and wild, on the fringe of civilization. Animals are mortal and must die eventually as part of the cycle because humans must eat animals and sometimes animals must eat ...
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