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Hestia

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Name:
Hestia
Goddess of:
Home, hearth, family and fire
Consorts:
None; she is forever a virgin.
Siblings:
Demeter, Poseidon, Hera, Hades, Zeus, Khiron (half-brother)
Parents:
Symbols:
Donkey, crane, fire and flames, and a pig.
Roman Name:
Vesta
Title:
Goddess of home and hearth
Weapons:
None
Nicknames:
'Hestia First and Last' (Because while she was the first child of Kronos and Rhea, she was also the last to be regurgitated)

Hestia (Ancient Greek: Ἑστία, hearth or fireside) was the Greek goddess that presided over the familial hearth, home, the right ordering of domesticity and family and fire, and the state. She protected the sanctity of the house, and was the patron of the State Council and Parliament. She was the eldest daughter and oldest child of Cronus and Rhea.

Hestia received the first offering at every meal in the household. In the public domain, the hearth of the prytaneum functioned as her official sanctuary. With the establishment of a new colony, flame from Hestia's public hearth in the mother city would be carried to the new settlement. Her Roman equivalent was Vesta.

Myth

Early Life

Hestia was born to Kronos and Rhea. She was the firstborn, and was thus eaten first. Once Zeus grew to be an adult, he fed Kronos a mix of mustard and wine, making him vomit. Hestia had been growing inside Kronos for years, being immortal. She was thrown up last. She also was a part of the Titanomachy, where she fought the Titans. Once the gods won, she would become an Olympian.

Virgin

Her beauty attracted the interest of Apollo and Poseidon who asked her to marry them. However, Hestia was unwilling to get married and asked Zeus to make her a virgin so that she would never be married.

Only once was Hestia's virginity ever in danger. After a feast attended by all the gods, after everyone fell asleep. Priapus, a fertility god who was cursed with enormous genitalia and was the son of Aphrodite and Dionysus, made his way over to her and tried to ravish her while she was asleep. A donkey brayed just in time to awaken Hestia, who screamed when she saw Priapus about to mount her. Her screaming frightened him away and her virginity was secure once again.

Giving up her place

Zeus had a Demigod son with the mortal princess Semele, named Dionysos. Dionysos was not like the other demigods who fought and were adventurous. He was quite different from other people. He was shunned by others, until he crushed wine grapes in such a way, it made wine. Zeus was taken aback by this, and made him immortal, then offered him a throne on Mount Olympus. However, 13 was an unlucky number, so he reconsidered. Hestia, the goddess of the hearth who, having grown weary of her quarrelsome family, was happy to give up her place. She would then tend to the sacred flame of Olympus.

Symbols

  • In every city in Greece, there is a sacred hearth that is allowed to never go out.
  • Donkey
  • Flames and Fire
  • Crane
  • Pig

Trivia

  • Hestia noticeably has the least myths of all the Olympians.
  • She has been called the 'gentlest' of all the gods.
  • She made the least trouble out of all the gods and goddesses, because she made none.
  • She is the oldest of all Gods.
  • She is sometimes seen as on fire, that she the hearth it-self

Gallery of Things Sacred To Hestia

Gallery of Hestia Images

Other Names

  • Vesta (Roman Name)

Navigation

ve Olympian Gods
Olympians : AphroditeApolloAresArtemisAthenaDemeterDionysosHadesHephaistosHeraHermesHestiaPoseidonZeus
Related Articles : Mount OlympusProtogenoiTitansGigantesDemigods

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