Hestia represented not only the fire itself, but also its position as the centre of family life and domestic stability. In homes throughout the Greek world, the altar of Hestia was the hearth around which the family gathered every day. For the majority of Greek women their lives revolved around their home and family. Just like a family, the people in a city relied on one another and looked out for the common good. Athens (who primarily worshipped Athena) often wrote him as a psychotic brute and coward, but Sparta worshipped him as their primary deity, as Athens did more trade with the rest of Greece and placed a higher value on diplomacy their outlook on Ares is the one that per… Hestia had fewer temples than any of the other gods of Mount Olympus, but she was worshiped the most of all. By tradition, Hestia received any sacrifices before the other gods, even at such places as Olympiawhere Zeus was honoured. Both her brother Poseidon and her nephew Apollo asked to marry Hestia, but the goddess requested something different of Zeus. As the keeper of the fires that burned the gods’ share of every meal, Hestia was closely linked to the sacrifices her peers received from humans. Hestia, the sister of Zeus, was the constant calm centre of his household. While the mother goddesses were important, the sworn maidens presented an ideal. Hestia was one of the twelve great Olympians but was so removed from the drama of the other gods that she was sometimes forgotten about altogether. Hestia was one of the six children of the Titans Rhea and Chronus. As the god of law and oaths, Zeus accepted her vow. Hestia, then, played an important role in both her brother’s household and in the lives of the Greek people. The home fire was meant to be kept constantly hot, and letting it go out was a dereliction of one’s duty to the family and home. Hestia was one of the main gods believed to live on Mount Olympus. Pyrokinesis: As the Goddess of the Hearth, Hestia has divine authority and absolute control over fire. Chronus had been told that one of his children would someday grow strong enough to take his place as the king of the gods. As Vesta oversaw both domestic fires and those of civic buildings, Augustus’s gift forever linked the household of the Emperor to the state religion. In fact, other than her position in the household of her brother Zeus, she had few ties to any gods or mortals. Behind the Scenes 1. She was safely put in the sky as the constellation Virgo. He agreed and she took her place at his royal hearth. Hestia is the Olympian virgin Goddess of the Hearth, Architecture, and Family. The hearth was not only the central place in the home, but in the state as well. Artemis › › Artemis was the goddess of hunting and the moon. Misc. Every temple had a sacred fire for offering sacrifices to the god or goddess it served, and Hestia held dominion over these pyres just as she did any other. Like their goddess, one of their primary tasks was to ensure that the fires of the temple never went out. I have been in love with all things related to Mythology. Hestia, in Greek religion, goddess of the hearth, daughter of Cronus and Rhea, and one of the 12 Olympian deities. Keep reading to discover the truth. A sworn virgin, the sister of Zeus was believed to live in his household and tend to the domestic task of keeping his fire lit. Daphne, for example, was turned into a laurel tree rather than having to allow herself to be caught by Apollo. Hestia was one of the three sisters of Zeus. When Zeus grew to adulthood he returned to free his siblings and challenge his father’s claim to the throne. Information She tended the fires of Mount Olympus, and because of her devotion to her duty as hearthkeeper, she managed to stay out of a lot of the shenanigans of the other Greek gods. Instead, her altars were located in the places to which she had the closest ties. Hestia, therefore, was a goddess who was largely absent from the events that involved the other gods. My name is Mike and for as long as I can remember (too long!) Zeus, grateful that Hestia’s announcement had averted the possibility of war between the rival suitors, not only supported Hestia’s wish to remain single but decreed that Hestia’s name should be mentioned first in any prayer and that she should receive the first portion of any sacrifice and be honored in … Hestia’s position at the edges of the pantheon may have made her easy to overlook, but in truth the goddess of the hearth was more involved in the daily life of the Greek people than any other god or goddess of Mount Olympus. The fire that she tend… In-Game Information Hestia’s place in Zeus’s household was therefore not one of honor just for the responsibility it carried and the trust that was given to her. Hestia was born to the Titan gods Cronus and Rhea which made her the sister to goddesses Demeter and Hera, and gods Hades, Poseidon, and Zeus. When they needed to be extinguished, there were specific rituals that needed to be followed to both put the flame out and relight it. The goddess played a key role in saving the twins Romulus and Remus from death as infants. Hestia, more than Artemis or Athena, fit the role of the unmarried Greek maiden. Hestia’s status as a maiden was in many ways heightened by her position as the goddess of the hearth. 1. The first king of Rome, Romulus, was a son of Mars. God of War II (Novel). The temple of Vesta was one of the most important in the city of Rome. Such flames were meant to be kept burning throughout the day and night all year long. Although both Poseidon and Apollo wanted to marry her, Hestia made an oath to Zeus that she would remain forever pure and undefiled, never entering into a union with a man. The Greek pantheon was full of big personalities, epic quests, and scandalous schemes. Indeed, all hearth fires—both domestic and public—burned in her honor, and extinguishment of such fires was considered an egregious breach of morality. As she and Hades are the oldest of their siblings, they suffered the longest inside their father. Hestia was also the goddess of the sacrificial flame and received a share of every sacrifice to the gods. She is more powerful than the several younger Olympians, but less powerful than her younger siblings (Demeter, Hera and the Big Three). This rewar… https://godofwar.fandom.com/wiki/Hestia?oldid=117483. She was unassuming and demure. Apollo › › Apollo was the god of music and light. His symbols were the Thunderbolt, Eagle, Bull, Serpent, and Oak Tree. 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