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Written By Pavlos Pozi on Sunday, June 2, 2013 | 6:29 PM

Hestia in Greek mythology


In Greek mythology, Hestia is the goddess of the hearth, home and family life, which received the first offering at every sacrifice in the house, but had no public worship. In Roman mythology, almost counterpart was Vesta, who personified the public hearth, and whose cult bound Romans together with a form of extended family.
Her name means "home and hearth": the house and its inhabitants. Hestia symbolizes the alliance between the colonies and the mother-cities and is the eldest daughter of Cronus and Rhea, sister of Zeus, Hera, Hades, Poseidon and Demeter. Originally listed as one of the Twelve Olympians, but later replaced by Dionysus. Then, arrange the sacred fire on Mount Olympus. The altars had contained any family home.
Immediately after birth, Cronus swallowed Hestia and her siblings except Zeus, who later rescued them and led them to war against Cronus and the other Titans. Hestia vowed to remain forever a virgin and refused the call of Poseidon and Apollo. Once risked raped by Priapus, a minor god of fertility, but was saved by the braying of a donkey.
Hestia, Athena and Artemis were the only goddesses over had no power Venus (which had subjugated all Gods and men).

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