The owl, the sacred bird of goddess Athena, is a symbol of wisdom, prudence, and the city of Athens. The owl, as a sacred bird of Athena, is called also “Glauka”, as one of the names of the goddess of wisdom was “Glaukopis” because of her spirited blue eyes.
The owl symbolizes wisdom because it is a nocturnal bird and has excellent vision even in the dark. It has, therefore, the natural ability to see the “unseen side of things”, which others are unable to see because of darkness.
Also, most of the coins of ancient Athens had an owl illustration, and as a result, the ancients many times called money as glaukes.
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