Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece

Hera was the goddess of Marriage and Family and the protector of married women.

The Family of Hera

Parents: Hera was a child of the Titans Cronus and Rhea.
Siblings: Hera had five siblings. Three brothers (Poseidon, Hades and Zeus) and two sisters (Hestia and Demeter).
Husband: Zeus, the King of the Gods.[read the story of their royal wedding...]
Children: Eilithyia, the goddess of childbirth, Ares, the Olympian god of war, Hebe, the goddess of youth and Hephaestus, the Olympian god of Metallurgy. According to some beliefs, Hephaestus was born without the intervention of Zeus.

Hera's troubled marriage with Zeus

Although Hera was one of the fairest goddesses in Mount Olympus, Zeus was giving Hera plenty of reason to be suspicious and jealous; Hera therefore used to stay in high places in order to keep an eye on her husband's doings. There were times she would also interfering, causing harm to Zeus' mistresses, since Zeus himself was invincible.

Appearance of Hera

Hera was a beautiful, mature woman with big eyes and pierced lobes. She always took care of her appearance, dressing elegantly and decently in a feminine, but not exotic fashion. . However, Hera was not really a desirable woman, despite her beauty. For this reason, Aphrodite had to loan Hera her famous girdle to help her seduce her husband Zeus. [ More about Hera's beauty here...]

Symbols of Hera

Hera's symbol were the diadem, the scepter and the pomegranate, a symbol of fertility. Her flower was the lily and her sacred animals were the peacock and the cow.

The Roman name of Hera is "Juno"

Titles of Hera

Boopis ("cow-eyed") , Gamelia ("patroness of marriage") , Leukolenos ("white-armed") , Teleia ("perfect")

Picture Gallery

Hera photo gallery
Myths about Hera
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