The daughter of Triton and a childhood companion of Athena. Both girls had cultivated the military life. During a wrestling match, as Pallas was about to strike Athena, and Zeus in fear interposed the aegis, and Pallas, being startled, was mortally wounded by Athena. Saddened by what had happened to her companion, Athena fashioned a wooden likeness of Pallas and attached the aegis to its chest. She sat the edifice, called the Palladium, besides Zeus and honored it.

Later on, Electra, after her seduction, sought refuge at the statue whereupon Zeus or Athena threw the Palladium into the Ilian land, where the object was found by Ilus who had just prayed to the god for a favorable omen.



  • Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library iii, 12.3.
  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.