Hestia goddess

Hestia greek goddess

Hestia was the most modest goddess of the ancient greek gods. She was the first child born by Kronos and Rhea and the eldest of the Olympian gods. Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Demeter and Hades were her brothers who paid special respect to Hestia. Her naissance dates back to the very first years of Theogony, when Uranus lost his throne by his son, Kronos. However, her father, Kronos had swallowed her as well as her brothers, with the exception of Zeus, because king Kronos had been told that his power would seize when one of his children would steal it. Rhea managed to hide Zeus and when he grew up he set free his brothers who were imprisoned in Kronos’s body.
Hestia was considered to protect the family life, harmony and prosperity while being the embodiment of stability within the conjectural relations of a family. Hestia watched the household activities and she was said to be present during the bread preparation. She was not worshipped publicly but she was offered the first sacrifice carried out within a family. Moreover, there was a fireplace in all houses which was dedicated to Hestia and the flame of that fireplace should never stop lightening.
She grew in a beautiful and full of grace maiden. Her beauty attracted the interest of Apollo and Poseidon who asked her to marry them. However, Hestia was unwilling to get married and asked Zeus to intervene so that her never get married. Zeus who favored his sister, fulfilled her wish and far from that he ordered that she would receive the first portion of the sacrifices made at any god’s temple. Zeus had also charged Hestia with the protection of the Gods’ home as well, so she was said to keep the keys of Olympus Palace.
Hestia is not mentioned very often and has been considered to be a “forgotten goddess”. As she avoided any fights, rather being a peacemaker, a little references have been made to her by the ancient authors. However, she was often spoken in conjuction with Hermes, especially by Homer. They had a close friendly relationship despite the fact that they had two contradictory personalities.