Hera   HEE ruh

The Most Beautiful Goddess

One of the six Olympians, the daughter of Kronos (Cronos) and Rhea, Hera is the beautiful and powerful wife (and sister) of Zeus. Her other brothers and sisters are: Hades, Poseidon, Hestia and Demeter.

She is the most beautiful of the immortals, even more beautiful than the goddess of Love, Aphrodite. Her beauty is renewed each spring as she magically washes away the ware and worry of her immortal existance. Her name appears in many stories and she is often regarded as petty and unforgiving, especially in the case of Herakles (Hercules), but in the story of Iason (Jason) and the Argonauts she is compassionate and protective.

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Zeus and Io

The story of Zeus and Io is the sad story of infidelity and revenge. Zeus changed his beautiful lover, Io, into a black and white heifer to hide her from Hera. Hera saw through the ruse and sent Argos Panoptes (all seeing) to keep watch on Io and keep Zeus away. Hermes, doing the will of Zeus, killed Argos and thus received the name Argeiphontes (the murderer of Argos). Hera would not be deterred from her vengeance. She sent a gadfly to torment and constantly prod the poor heifer-maiden so that she might never rest or find comfort. Finally, Io was driven to the ends of the earth (i.e. Egypt) where she found peace. The eyes of Argos can still be seen in the tail of the peacock.

Hera is often confused with the Roman goddess, Juno.

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Hera in The Iliad (listed by book and line)

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Hera in The Odyssey (listed by book and line)

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