Tuesday, February 1, 2011
I am Hera, the queen of the gods and goddesses. More specifically, I am the goddess of marriage and childbirth. I am married to Zeus, the king of the gods, and Rhea and Cronus are my parents. I am often represented by a peacock, as seen in my picture. Sometimes I am seen holding a pomegranate, for it is the emblem of fertile blood. Every year in June, there is a Matronalia festival that is held in my honor. With Zeus, I gave birth to Ares, Hephaestus, and Hebe. I am known for throwing my son Hephaestus off of Mount Olympus because he was born crippled and weak. The other gods and goddesses know that if any one of them crosses me, I will get revenge. Although I am infamous for my jealousy, I believe I am a great mother to my other children, whether with Zeus, or not.