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Hestia - Greek Goddess Hestia


The Giustiniani Hestia in O. Seyffert, Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, 1894

The Giustiniani Hestia

Public Domain. From O. Seyffert, Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, 1894.

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Who Is Hestia?

The honored, first born of the Olympian gods, Greek goddess Hestia is also called the last born because her father swallowed his children and then regurgitated them in reverse order. Hestia has power over altars, hearths, town halls and states. In return for a vow of chastity, Zeus assigned honor to Hestia in human homes.


Family of Origin:

Hestia was the first born child of Cronos and Rhea. Her brothers were Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon. Her sisters were Demeter and Hera.

Roman Equivalent:



Hestia is associated with the hearth. Hestia almost never leaves home. She swore a vow of eternal chastity.


Ancient sources for Hestia include: Apollodorus, Cicero, Diodorus Siculus, Hesiod, Ovid, Pindar, and Bacchylides.

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