January 22nd, 2008 by sabrina
is the Greek Goddess of marriage and childbirth, and queen of the Olympian Gods. Daughter of Rhea
and Kronos, she is sister and wife to Zeus, king of the Gods, and mother of Ares, Eris
, Hephaistos, and Hebe
. As with the Roman Goddess Juno
, who was identified with the Greek Hera, she is usually depicted as a jealous wife, taking revenge on her husband's lovers and children. As Goddess of childbirth, she often tried to prevent Zeus's children from being born---she had her daughter Eileithyia (also a Goddess of childbirth) sit with crossed legs while attending Alkmene, Herakles' mother, preventing her from giving birth. When Herakles was delivered, Hera sent two snakes into his cradle to kill him. Herakles, powerful even as a baby, strangled the two snakes.
Another myth involving Hera and Herakles (whose name means "glory of Hera") explains the Milky Way. Zeus had tricked Hera into nursing Herakles as a baby. When Hera found out who the child was, she pulled him away from her breast. Her milk spurted across the sky, forming the Milky Way.
Hera had many epithets and titles, including:
Queen of Heaven
Queen of the Immortals
(of the height)
(defender of men)
(of the ship Argo)
(unbulled, i.e., virgin)
(from a temple set up by Bounos)
(of the horses)
(she whose hand is above)
(from the river Imbrasus)
(of the pioneer)
(yoked, i.e., married)
This entry was posted on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008 at 10:59 pm
and is filed under Greek.
You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
Both comments and pings are currently closed.