Fact 2: The names of her parents were
Cronus and Rhea
Fact 3: She was one of the 12 Olympian
gods who resided on the summit of Mount
Fact 4: She featured in the legend of
the Golden Apple of Discord. Eris, the
goddess of discord had not been invited
to a feast. She threw a golden apple
into the banquet of the gods. The golden
apple apple had "for the fairest"
written on it and the goddesses Hera,
Athena and Aphrodite all claimed it.
Paris, the Prince of Troy, awarded it to
Aphrodite beginning a chain of events
that led to the Trojan War.
Fact 5: Her favourite flowers were the
dittany, poppy, and lily.
Fact 6: She is often represented in art
seated on a throne, holding a
pomegranate in one hand and a sceptre
surmounted by a cuckoo in the other.
Fact 7: Her husband had many affairs
which caused her to be extremely
jealous. She was consequently highly
vindictive towards his lovers and
Fact 8: She was extremely jealous of
Heracles (Hercules) the son of Zeus and
a Demigod. She attempted to drown
Heracles in a storm and Zeus punished
Hera by having her hung in the clouds by
a golden chain, and attached heavy
anvils to her feet
Fact 9: Her son Hephaestus tried to
release his mother from her humiliating
position and Zeus threw him out of
heaven, and his leg was broken by the
Fact 10: Despite the behaviour of her
husband she was faultless in her
fidelity as a wife.
Fact 11: She was reared by the sea gods
Oceanus and Tethys, who were models of
Fact 12: She was on the side of the
Greeks in the Trojan War but her husband
sided with the Trojans. In the
'Deception of Zeus' she deceived and
distracted her husband, enabling the
Greeks to obtain the upper hand during
the Trojan War.
Fact 13: Children: She was the mother of
Ares, Hephaestus and Hebe. Ares was the
god of War, Hephaestus the god of Fire
and Hebe was the goddess of Youth
Fact 14: In Greek Art the
Olympian goddess Hera was often illustrated with images and pictures representing the attributes and symbols
associated with Hera. Look at the pictures
of Hera and see if you can identify any
symbols associated with her famous Olympian
goddess which are the peacock, cuckoo, lion,
crown, cow and pomegranate.