Hestia

Goddess of the Hearth Fire

Who she is:

  • She is the goddess of the hearth fire.
  • She was seen as the gentlest and the calmest of all the gods and goddesses-presumably because she was a little bit like an introvert.
  • Hestia was never seen of much importance and wasn't really mentioned in any stories.
  • Daughter of Cronos and Rhea; she can technically be thought of as both the first born and last born. This is because she was the first child born-but was the last one thrown up by her father, Cronos, after he had swallowed all his children.

Facts about her:

  • Hestia wasn't ever involved with any men; instead she swore to remain a maiden at the head of Zeus.
  • She had no children but displayed a motherly-love to most, especially orphans.
  • She did not enjoy adventure or drama so she kept to herself and tended to the hearth fire instead.
  • She wasn't worshiped at temples but at the family hearth instead.

Works Cited:

Websites:
Lindesmans, Micha F. "Encyclopedia Mythica." : Greek Mythology. N.p., 03 Mar. 1997. Web. 05 Nov. 2014. <http://www.pantheon.org/areas/mythology/europe/greek/articles.html>.

"Hestia." Fact Monster: Online Almanac, Dictionary, Encyclopedia, and Homework Help. Columbia University Press, 2012. Web. 07 Nov. 2014. <http://www.factmonster.com/encyclopedia/society/hestia.html>.

Print:
Stapleton, Michael. The Illustrated Dictionary of Greek and Roman Mythology. New York: P. Bedrick, 1986. Print

Database:
Downing, Christine. "Hestia." Gale Virtual Reference Library. Gale, 2005. Web. 5 Nov. 2014.