Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategic thought and war.
Athena won the city of Athens after a competition that took place between her and God Poseidon. Following the decision that was taken, both deities would compete for the same city and the winner would the one who would offer the best present.
Poseidon hit first the rock with his trident and all of a sudden water spewed out. People got excited but soon disappointment took over as the water was salty. As we all know Poseidon was the God of the sea. But for the inhabitants salty water was useless.
So then it’s Athenas’ turn. Her present was an olive tree. This offer was delightful for the people. Olive tree would offer products like food, oil and wood.
So that’s how Athena won the city and the olive tree became the holly tree of Athens.