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 and had no children, which is strange from the modern perspective of a goddess of the hearth and the home.
Hestia was one of the three virgin goddesses, along with Athena and Artemis. Both Poseidon and Apollo wanted to marry her, but Hestia had given an oath to Zeus never to enter into a union with a man and to remain pure and unsullied forever.
Hestia personified the fire that burned in the hearth of every house. All families poured sweet wine in her name and dedicated the richest portion to her. The hearth fire was not allowed to go out in any family unless it was ritually extinguished. Hestia may have had no public cult, but she was always worshipped in every temple, regardless of what god the temple was dedicated to.
Hestia was a kind, forgiving goddess, and had a discreet character. She never left her abode, the sacred mountain of Olympus, and never took part in quarrels or wars. For this reason she was respected and loved by all the Olympian gods.
Goddess Hestia has been portrayed as a shy, mostly sedentary woman who often appears to be wearing a veil.
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