Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece

Olympian Gods » Hestia

Hestia, Goddess of the Hearth and the Domestic Life

Roman name: Vesta

Family of Hestia

Parents: Hestia was the eldest daughter of the Titans Cronus and Rhea.
Siblings: Hestia had five siblings. Three brothers (Zeus, Hades and Poseidon), and two sisters (Hera and Demeter).
Goddess Hestia never married.

Hestia, the Virgin Goddess

Hestia was one of the three virgin goddesses, next to Athena and Artemis. Both Poseidon and Apollo wished to marry her, however Hestia had given the oath to Zeus to never enter into a union with a male and to remain forever pure and undefiled.

Worship of Hestia

Hestia personified the fire hat was burning in the hearth of every home. All families poured sweet wine in her name and dedicated her the richest portion. The hearth fire was not allowed to go out by any family unless it was ritually extinguished. Hestia may not have had a public cult, but she was always worshipped in any temple, regardless of the god the temple was dedicated to.

Personality of Hestia

Hestia was a kind, forgiving goddess and had a discrete character. She never left her residence, the sacred mountain of Olympus and never participated in any disputes or wars. For this reason, all Olympian gods respected and loved her.

Appearance of Hestia

Goddess Hestia was depicted as a bashful woman, usually seated.

Hestia means "hearth, fireplace" in ancient Greek.


Titles of Hestia

  • Presveira ("oldest")

Picture Gallery

Hestia photo gallery