Who Are Some Famous Goddesses in Greek Mythology?


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The queen of the Greek goddesses and the wife of Zeus is Hera, who is the goddess of marriage and childbirth. Some of the other famous Greek goddesses are Aphrodite, Artemis, Athena, Demeter and Hestia.

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Who Are Some Famous Goddesses in Greek Mythology?
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Aphrodite was born when Cronus castrated his father Uranus, leaving his genitals in the sea. She was formed in the sea foam and is the only Greek deity with an ambiguous parentage. Aphrodite is known as the goddess of beauty, love and sexuality. She had multiple dalliances with gods and men, even though she was married to the god Hephaestus. Her son Eros, also known as Cupid, is the god of love.

Artemis is the twin sister of Apollo, and she is the daughter of Leto and Zeus. She is one of the goddesses of childbirth, even though she was a perpetual virgin, and death. She had a band of maidens who all swore to stay virgins in order to serve her, a vow Artemis took very seriously and defended violently. They took care of the hunting dogs in the pack, carried Artemis' arrows and ran through the wild with her.

When Zeus swallowed the pregnant Oceanid Metid, he became pregnant with Athena. She gestated in Zeus' head and was born fully formed and dressed in armor when Hephaestus opened Zeus' head with an axe. As a result, Athena became the goddess of wisdom, the arts and strategic war. She was Zeus' favorite daughter and the patron goddess of Athens.

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