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Hera
Hera Campana Louvre
Hera Campana. Marble, Roman copy of an hellenistic original, 2nd century AD.
General information
Part ofGreek mythology
GenderFemale
AbodeMount Olympus
Major cult centresArgos
SymbolsAardvark, bird feather, cow, crane, cuckoo, diadem, lion, lotus, lotus-tipped staff, peacock, pomegranate, poppy
FestivalsHeraia, Daedala
Family
ParentsKronos and Rhea
SiblingsPoseidon, Hades, Zeus, Demeter, Hestia
ConsortZeus
ChildrenAres, Hephaestus, Hebe, Eileithyia, Enyo
Linguistic information
Name in other languagesAncient Greek: Ἡρη
TransliterationHera
IPA pronunciation/ˈhɛːra/
Equivalents in other languagesJuno (Roman mythology), Isis (Egyptian mythology)
I sing of golden-throned Hera whom Rhea bare. Queen of the immortals is she, surpassing all in beauty: she is the sister and the wife of loud-thundering Zeus—the glorious one whom all the blessed throughout high Olympus reverence and honour even as Zeus who delights in thunder.
Homeric Hymn to Zeus[1]

In Greek mythology, Hera was the queen of the Olympians and the wife and sister of Zeus. Her chief function was as a goddess of marriage and women. She was also the patron of kings, empires, childbirth, heirs, fidelity and betrothals. Her counterpart in Roman mythology was the goddess Juno. She was also identified with the Egyptian Isis.

ReferencesEdit

  1. H. G. Evelyn-White, The Homeric Hymns and Homerica with an English Translation, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA), 1914.

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