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Methis is a proper name, and it does not have a meaning of its own. There is allusion to the name of Metis, the mother of the ancient Greek goddess of wisdom, Athena. The  name refers to the humanities. Metis is presented as Athena’s mother by Hesiodos (18/17th century BC in "Theogonia") and Apollodoros (2nd century BC). According to Hesiodos, Metis was the first wife of Zeus, "the wisest one among humans and gods“, half god, half human. When she was bearing Zeus’s first child, her husband swallowed her because it had been prophesied to her that after the firstborn girl, she will bear a boy who will become the ruler of the cosmos. When the child was about to be born, Prometheus (or Hephaistos) hit Zeus on the head with a hammer, and Athena in full armour jumped out. 

(Text: Marju Lepajõe)

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