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Greek Goddesses

Greek Goddesses or Olympian Goddesses of Greek Mythology

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These are the main Greek goddesses you will find in Greek mythology:
  • Aphrodite
  • Artemis
  • Athena
  • Demeter
  • Hera
  • Hestia
In Greek mythology, these Greek goddesses frequently interact with mankind, sometimes benevolently, but often ruthlessly. The goddesses epitomize certain prized (ancient) female roles, including virgin and mother. Here you will find a bit more information about these Greek goddesses with hyperlinks to their more complete profiles.

Also see their male counterparts, the Greek Gods.

1. Aphrodite - Greek Goddess of Love

Lely's Venus (Aphrodite)
Alun Salt at Flickr.com
Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of beauty, love, and sexuality. She is sometimes known as the Cyprian because there was a cult center of Aphrodite on Cyprus. Aphrodite is the mother of the god of love, Eros. She is the wife of the ugliest of the gods, Hephaestus.

2. Artemis - Greek Goddess of the Hunt

Statue of Artemis, from the temple of Artemis at Ephesus
CC Flickr User levork
Artemis, the sister of Apollo and daughter of Zeus and Leto, is the Greek virgin goddess of the hunt who also assists in childbirth. She comes to be associated with the moon.

3. Athena - Greek Goddess of Wisdom

Athena at the Carnegie Museum
CC Flickr User Sabbath Photography
Athena is the patron goddess of Athens, the Greek goddess of wisdom, a goddess of crafts, and as a war goddess, an active participant in the Trojan War. She gave Athens the gift of the olive tree, providing oil, food, and wood.

4. Demeter - Greek Goddess of Grain

Demeter Statue at the Prado Museum in Madrid. 3r C A.D. Roman copy of Greek original.
CC Flickr User Zaqarbal
Demeter is a Greek goddess of fertility, grain, and agriculture. She is pictured as a mature motherly figure. Although she is the goddess who taught mankind about agriculture, she is also the goddess responsible for creating winter and a mystery religious cult.

5. Hera - Greek Goddess of Marriage

Hera
CC Flickr User clairity
Hera is the queen of the Greek gods and the wife of Zeus. She is the Greek goddess of marriage and is one of the childbirth goddesses.

6. Hestia - Greek Goddess of the Hearth

The Giustiniani Hestia in O. Seyffert, Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, 1894
Public Domain. From O. Seyffert, Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, 1894.
The Greek goddess 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.

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