The owl is one of the most famous and widely used symbols from ancient Greece. Traditionally it represents or accompanies the goddess Athena. The reasons behind the association of Athena and the owl are lost in time. But the Owl (Athene noctua), like a bird, is found in all regions of the Earth except Antarctica, most of Greenland, and some remote islands, so it might be because the qualities that have made it so widespread are the same qualities as the goddess Athena is known for as these following skills: wisdom, courage, vision, strength. The Romans adopted both the goddess Athena and her owl. In Roman mythology, her name is Minerva, goddess of the same qualities as Athena. The association between these qualities and the owl has survived up to our time. Even today many public institutions and private associations are using the owl as a symbol of wisdom, knowledge and vision. This bead is a copy of the owl pictured on an ancient silver coin: The tetradrachm, that was in wide circulation from 510 to 38 BC.