HERA
Stats & Facts
Hera is the protector of marriage and the goddess married women turned to for help.
Hera was often said to be the most beautiful of all the Olympians.
Argos was Hera's favorite city.
Animals sacred to Hera are the cow and the peacock.
Hera's Roman name is Juno.

Birth
Hera is the daughter of Cronus and Rhea, and the sister of Posiedon, Hades, Demeter,
Hestia, and Zeus. She was swallowed by Cronus as soon as she was born because of a
prophecy claiming that he would be dethroned by one of his children. When she and her siblings
were saved by Zeus, she was taken to Arcadia where she was raised by Temenus, and the
Seasons were her nurses.

Lovers & Children
Hera was married to her powerful brother, Zeus. They shared four children: Ares, Eris, Hebe,
and Hephaestus. The latter is also said to have been Hera's child alone. She also had a
daughter named Ilithyia, who was the goddess of childbirth.

Insanely Jealous Wife
Most of the stories about Hera are about her jealousy of Zeus' many affairs and illegitimate
children. Her time seemed to be spent tormenting her husband's lovers and sometimes the
children as well. Heracles, the son of Zeus and Alcmene, was the one who annoyed her the
most, and she tormented him his entire mortal life. She was tricked into nursing him as an
infant. When she discovered that he was Zeus' illigetimate son, she pulled him away, and the
milk still flowing from her breast created the Milky Way.

In another story, Hera was out one day to find one nymph among a group whom she suspected
Zeus was having an affair with. As she was looking them over, she was distracted by a
chatterbox named Echo. As Hera stood listening to Echo go on and on, the other nymphs ran
away. Hera was so angry that she punished Echo. The poor nymph could never again speak
unless she was repeating someone.