Roberts, M.K. / Published 2006 / Article
Citation: Roberts, M.K. (2006). Ancient Companions. In K. E. Davis, & R. M Bergner (Eds.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology: Vol. 8 (pp. 248-265). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.
Abstract: Athena appears to Odysseus in seven episodes in The Odyssey. She is his goddess companion, very much like an imaginary companion of childhood, and she appears to him because the consistency requirements of his world are unusually relaxed, his circumstances are optimally conducive to her appearance, and his gain in behavior potential from their relationship is maximal. She is an extraordinary companion because Odysseus excels as a teller of tales and has a place for an exceptionally competent woman.