Athena the goddess of war and wisdom, once went to workshop of the smith god Hephaestus. As she wanted to make some weapons. Hephaestus, who was deserted by his wife, Aphrodite (goddess of sexual love and beauty), became aroused by Athena, and started chasing her as she ran from him. When he caught up with her with much effort (as he was lame), he tried to enter her, but she, being the model of virginal self-control, would not let him.
Athena and Hephaestus
So as he ejaculated, his semen fell on her leg. Athena wiped Hephaestus semen, with scrap of wool, from her leg and threw it upon the earth. The goddess of earth, Gaea, was accidentally impregnated by the semen of Hephaestus and bore a son Erichthonius. Athena felt a certain responsibility for this child and raised it as her own. INDEX