Hebe is represented as a comely, modest maiden,
small, of a beautifully rounded contour, with
nut-brown tresses and sparkling eyes. She is
often depicted pouring out nectar from an
upraised vessel, or bearing in her hand a
shallow dish, supposed to contain ambrosia, the
ever youth-renewing food of the immortals.
In consequence of an act of awkwardness, which
caused her to slip while serving the gods, Hebe
was deprived of her office, which was henceforth
delegated to Ganymedes, son of Tros.
Hebe afterwards became the bride of Heracles,
when, after his apotheosis, he was received
among the immortals.
Juventas was the Roman divinity identified with
Hebe, whose attributes, however, were regarded
by the Romans as applying more particularly to
the imperishable vigour and immortal glory of
In Rome, several temples were erected in honour
of this goddess..
The Myth & History of Hebe
The Myth of Hebe
The story of Hebe is featured in the book
entitled "A Hand-Book of Greek and Roman Mythology. The Myths
and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome" by
E.M. Berens, published in 1894 by Maynard,
Merrill, & Co., New York.