Hera was the daughter of Cronus and Rhea. She was the sister of Hades, Demeter,'
Poseidon, Hestia, and Zeus. She married her youngest brother, Zeus, becoming Queen
of the Gods. She was the goddess of marriage, a beautiful, majestic goddess, but very jealous.
She did not tolerate her husband's affairs and punished the women Zeus was with. A famous
situation was that of Alcmene and Heracles. Hera was the Queen of Heaven, and personified
womanhood, protector of childbirth, the home, and family. Every spring, she bathed in
Canathus, a spring that washed away age, making her young and beautiful again.
She is gold-shod, wearing a diadem, and carrying a scepter. She is identified with peacocks
and cows. Hera and Zeus only had four children together: Ares, Eileithyia, Hebe, and Hephaestus.Image
courtesy of Greek Art