The Myth of Olive Wood


What would you choose as the “greatest gift to mankind”? That ultimate gift turned out to be the olive tree – lauded for its wood, leaves, fruit and oil that produced food, fuel, and shade for the Greeks.

 Time value and symbol unchanged over time, the olive tree is inextricably linked with the Greek and world cultural heritage! The olive in antiquity, were search and rescue facilities, and as a symbol it was that gave the victory to the goddess Athena against Neptune in battle claim the city of Athens!

But in religion, olive branch the dove brought to Noah as a symbol of hope, and walk - praying in the forest of Olives Jesus did that the last night before the arrest and referral to trial in the council of bishops

Features olive wood belongs to the Greek wood with higher density. It is heavy and hard wood with high durability and resistance to everyday use. The fibers are either straight or twisted casually, in different tones, offering an impressive design. Particularly, after polishing gives impressive results.


According to Greek mythology, the creation of the olive tree was the result of a contest between Athena, Goddess of Wisdom, and Poseidon, God of the Sea, as to who would become the protector of a newly built city in Attica (the historical region of Greece). The city would then be named after the god or goddess who gave the citizens the most precious, useful and divine gift. With his trident, Poseidon struck a rock. Water rushed out of the rock, creating a spring of salty water, symbolizing his gift of sea power. Athena followed by striking a rock with her spear and produced the olive tree, an offering signifying fruitfulness and peace. The citizens (wisely) chose the gift of Athena and she forever became the patroness of the city named after her. The story of her precious gift and the recognition of its value have been carried down through the millennia. Even today, an olive tree stands where the story of this legendary competition is said to have taken place. The myth continues as a “living legend” as it is said that all the olive trees in Athens were descended from that first olive tree offered by Athena.

Hercules and myths

Black-figure vase depicting Heracles tying Centaur in an olive tree, under the gaze of Athena. Pindar claims that Hercules, the famous hero of Greek mythology, and returned to Greece after completing feats brought with him from the Hyperboreans the wild olive tree and planted in Olympia. Ap`afti olive wreaths were made of Olympians. In a votive inscription, one Dionysius devotes a bat to Hercules with the inscription: "Heracles, you who step on the rocky ground of Iti and large forests that cover the tops, Dionysius dedicates you this bat to cut with shears the from a wild olive tree. "



Hercules always carried a bat which was facing the dangers and defeat every time. He had cut from a wild olive tree that had been found near the Saronic Gulf. Once Hercules went to Troezen and found in front of the statue of Mercury, the god who in previous years and older cult was apparently vegetative god (protector of vegetation and rebirth of nature). In Troezen was called "polygio" word which seems to reflect the old germination capacity. Hercules then leaned his club to the statue of Hermes and Caine sprouted, took root and fylla.Otan went to Troezen the great Pausanias showed a wild olive tree near the statue of Hermes and was told that this was the tree