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Hestia, Goddess of Hearth and Home Goddess of the hearth and home. Daughter of Cronus and Rhea. Eldest of the Olympians. She was very different from the other gods. She hated war and never participated in the conspiracies of the gods. She was a gentle, benevolent, peacemaking goddess, patroness of marriage, and bestower of domestic joys, the Hearth Mother. She invented the art of building houses. She never married or had any children, although she was the guardian of all lost children and orphans. Hestia was worshiped with a multitude of small fires. No hearth was to grow cold in her honor.