Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece

Hera, the Goddess of Marriage

Roman name: Juno

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.

Interesting Facts about Hera

trivia about hera Strange to say, Hera, besides being a mother, also embodied the eternal virginity, since she was anually renewing her virginity by bathing in the spring of Canathus in Nauplia(Peloponnes/southern Greece).
fun facts about hera Hera might have been an Olympian goddess, but her place on Mount Olympus was not always assured. For instance, once, Zeus suspended Hera from Mount Olympus for sending a storm against the hero Heracles while he was on his way home after capturing Troy.
wedding ringsAccording to the Roman poet Ovid, the month June has been named in Juno's honor, the latin counterpart to Hera, because the goddess was worshipped during that month. Since Hera was a goddess of matrimony, many couples considered June as the favourable time to marry.

meaning of name hera According to some beliefs, the name "Hera" derives from the ancient Greek word "Air", meaning "Wind", since Hera was also a deity the wind and the weather.

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.


Titles of Hera

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

Picture Gallery

Hera photo gallery

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