Hera is the Queen of the Olympian gods! She is the Greek goddess of marriage, women, and family. Her symbols are the peacock, the cuckoo, the cow and the lotus. She is married to Zeus, king of the gods. Her children are, Ares the god of war, Hephaestus the god of blacksmiths and fire, Hebe the goddess of youth and Eilithyia the goddess of childbirth. Her Roman form is Juno.
She is the third child of Kronos (Cronus) and Rhea, she has two older sisters, Hestia and Demeter, and three younger brothers, Hades, Poseidon and Zeus. When she was born, her father, Kronos, was really evil and he swallowed her whole! He also swallowed her two older sisters and her brothers, Hades and Poseidon, but when her youngest brother, Zeus, was born Rhea hid him in Crete. For more information on this, see Zeus.
Some of the things Hera is known for
- Hera assisted the Argonauts on their quest for the Golden Fleece, she helped the hero, Jason, whom without Hera’s help would not have succeeded on his quest.
- She hated Heracles, the Demigod son of Zeus, when he was only a baby, she sent poisonous snakes to attack him. Then years later she inflicted madness on him so he killed his wife and his children.
- She persuaded some of the other gods to rebel against Zeus because he wasn’t a good leader, they tied him up, but eventually he got free and he punished Hera by dangling her above Tartarus. Soon after, Zeus got tired of hearing her cry all night, so he released her, and she swore never to rebel again.