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Hestia for kids
Discover the legends and myths and religious beliefs surrounding Hestia, the Greek goddess of the hearth and the home. She was the goddess of the fireside and watched over the homes of men. She caused the fires to glow and burn on the hearth and gave warmth to the family. In every city and town of Greece a fire sacred to Hestia (
Vesta) was always kept burning.

Although closely associated with the home and the family she never married. Zeus gave her a seat in the center of his palace and sent her the sweetest morsels at every feast.

Facts about Hestia
The following facts and profile provides a fast overview of this famous Greek goddess:

  • Greek Name: Hestia

  • Role & Function: Her role is described as being the goddess of the hearth, the home and family. She was also the goddess of the sacrificial flame

  • Status: Sister of Zeus, and occasionally included amongst the names of the 12 Olympians

  • Symbols: A modest head-veil befitting her virgin state and a kettle or cauldron

  • Gender: Female

  • Roman Counterpart: The Roman name for this god was Vesta

  • Name of Husband: Unmarried

  • Name of Father: Cronus

  • Name of Mother: Rhea

Hestia (Roman Counterpart was Vesta)
When the Roman Empire conquered the Greeks in 146BC, the Romans assimilated various elements from other cultures and civilisations, including the gods and goddesses that were worshipped by the Ancient Greeks. Many of the Greek gods and goddesses, such as Hestia, were therefore adopted by the Romans but were given Latin names. The Roman counterpart was Vesta.

Facts about Hestia in Greek Mythology
Discover interesting information and facts about Hestia, the Greek goddess of the hearth and the home. The facts about Hestia provides a list detailing fascinating additional info to increase your knowledge about this goddess in Greek Mythology.

  • Fact 1 about Hestia: She was the first born child of the Titans Cronus and Rhea and was swallowed by her father at birth.

  • Fact 2 about Hestia: Her brother, Zeus, later forced Cronus to disgorge her together with her other siblings- Hades, Poseidon and Demeter.

  • Fact 3 about Hestia: When she was introduced to Mount Olympus the gods Apollo and Poseidon asked for her hand in marriage. She refused their offers and Zeus allowed her to remain an eternal virgin.

  • Fact 4 about Hestia: Zeus assigned to her a duty to maintain the fires of the Olympian hearth

  • Fact 5 about Hestia: She is often featured as one of the 12 Olympian gods but some Greek historians include the god Dionysus - hence some of the confusion related to names of the 12 Olympians

  • Fact 6 about Hestia: She does not feature in the mythical stories of the gods - she remained on Mount Olympus and did not interfere in the lives of mortals

  • Fact 7 about Hestia: The goddess was often called "First and Last" because she was the first to be eaten by Cronus but the last of her siblings to be disgorged

  • Fact 8 about Hestia: Her name means “the essence”, the true nature of things

  • Fact 9 about Hestia: She was given the role of 'keeper of the keys' on Mount Olympus and managed the large household of the gods

  • Fact 10 about Hestia: Every home had a hearth that was dedicated to the goddess, and each day started and ended with a ritual requesting she protected the family

  • Fact 11 about Hestia: She is known as the originator of the concept of “sanctuary” as she never refused hospitality to a stranger. Hestia’s followers believed it was a sacred obligation to help anyone who needed shelter or protection.

Symbols of Hestia
In Greek Art the goddess was often illustrated with images and pictures representing the attributes and symbols associated with her. The symbols associated with the goddess are:

  • A Modest head-veil befitting her virgin state
  • A kettle or kettledrum reflecting her association with the hearth and the home
  • Sacred Flame
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