Hera is the wife of Zeus, and the Greek Goddess of women, marriage, family and childbirth. Here we look at Hera in more detail and her role in Greek Mythology.
The Greek Goddess Hera
Hera was the Goddess of women, marriage, family and childbirth and was one of the Olympian Gods and Goddesses. She was the oldest daughter of Cronus (Kronos) and Rhea, but raised by the Titans Ocean and Tethys. Hera has a strange role in Greek Mythology. She is often portrayed as vengeful and jealous. It's perhaps not surprising given her husband's habit of having affair with numerous other deities and mortals! It is with some irony them that one of Hera's roles is the Goddess of marriage! Despite the affairs of Zeus, Hera remained faithful and was one of the few Gods or Goddesses in Greek mythology who was monogamous.
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Hera and the Peacock
Hera is often depicted in a chariot drawn by peacocks. It is thought that the peacock was not known in Greece until the conquests of Alexander the Great, so it is likely that this was a more recent Hellenistic addition to her attributes. According to Greek Mythology, the beautiful symbols on the peacock’s feathers are actually the eyes of Argus, a watchman with 100 eyes recruited by Hera to watch over the Heifer. He was killed on duty by Hermes, so Hera placed his eyes on the peacock as a tribute for his work.