Hera or Juno - Goddess of Greek and Latin mythology

Hera or Juno - Goddess of Greek and Latin mythology


It was called Barberini, a Roman copy of a Greek original, Vatican Museums, Rome

In Greek mythology Hera is the sister of Zeus as daughter of Cronus and Rhea and according to Hesiod his seventh wife. From Zeus he had four sons: Ares, Hephaestus, Ilizia and Hebe. Envious of her husband who had Athena without her, she generated the giant Typhon without her husband's help.

She was known in ancient times not only for her jealousy and her revenge against the many women of Zeus but also for her beauty and self-worship. The persecution he gave to Paris and all the Trojans because he preferred Aphrodite to her is well known. The persecution she gave to the numerous lovers of her husband among whom we remember Io is known (see the "myth of Io").

In any case, with time, Hera became the symbol of conjugal love and the protector of the home and the marriage bond and all the important events in the life of women. It practically became the symbol of every female virtue.

The pomegranate was sacred to Hera and among the animals the cuckoo, the peacock and the crow.

In Latin mythology is identified with Juno.

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