Who Are Some Famous Historical Greek Goddesses?


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Some of the famous mythological Greek goddesses are Hera, Athena and Aphrodite. Hera was the queen of the gods and the wife to Zeus, the king of the gods. She was also the goddess of marriage and weddings in ancient Greece.

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Hera was a very jealous goddess who detested the many affairs of his husband. She constantly got revenge on her husband's lovers and their children. On a particular occasion, Zeus had an affair with a mortal woman called Alcmene. She conceived a son called Herakles who was destined to become a king. Upon discovering the affair, Hera delayed the birth of Herakles until another woman gave birth to a child who became the king.

Athena was the war goddess, and the Greeks highly revered her for her cunning wisdom. She was the daughter of Zeus and a woman called Metis. Before the birth of Athena, Zeus knew that the child would become more powerful than he was. Out of jealousy, he swallowed Metis. However, he developed a migraine, and he told Hephaestus, the god of blacksmiths, to chop off his head, and Athena came out fully grown and fully dressed for battle.

Aphrodite was the goddess of beauty and love. Aphrodite was the wife of Hephaestus. However, she was secretly in love with Ares, the war god.

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