Athena and Phevos: The Mascots are Melting!

By Dave Fox
Seattle, Washington


The 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens begin in 81 days. The Greek Olympic Committee has announced all preperations for the Games should be completed by March, 2007.

I was working in Athens last October, and I’m concerned the Greeks won’t be ready in time. So are a lot of other people, although the Greek Olympic Committee swears it has everything under control.

What especially concerns me though is the Olympic mascots, Phevos and Athena. Phevos is the Greek god of light and music. Athena is the protectress of Athens and the goddess of wisdom. Fitting spokesmodels for a Greek Olympics? Absolutely. But the duo look like somebody took a blowtorch to plastic Bart and Lisa Simpson dolls and melted away part of their heads.

And I’m not the only one who finds this troublesome. A group dedicated to the modern preservation of Greek gods is suing the Athens Olympic Committee. A spokesman for the Greek Society for the Friends of the Ancients said the lopsided caricatures “savagely insult our religion and identity.”


Published on Tuesday, May 25, 2004

2 Responses to “Athena and Phevos: The Mascots are Melting!”

    June 17, 2004 at 5:52 AM

    The Olympic Mascots

    The new mascots for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games have not been very well recieved. The brother and sister mascots, Athena and Phevos, have been the target of much critisism and the butt of many jokes. I’ve even heard someone go so far as to say tha…

  2. Gary The Pony
    April 18, 2005 at 5:04 AM

    I think these mascots would be just right to ride Gary The Pony..

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