Names Hestia means hearth, fireside in Greek. --Greek name Her name in Roman mythology is Vesta
Sphere of Influence Goddess of the hearth, the Altar, and the Home. In contrast to her importance to everyday Greek life, Hestia had few dedicated temples, but she was instead seen as the center of each home and community (prytaneium). She did have a temple at Hermione, but it contained only an altar to her and no images. She was the giver of domestic peace and happiness.
Attributes in art Athenian vase --Hestia as a woman She is sometimes holding a flowered branch, with a modest veil She is also seen veiled in classical sculpture attribute was a kettle
Myths As the firstborn of Kronos and Rhea, she was the first of five children eaten by Kronos. When Zeus, her youngest brother, overthrew his father and forced him to release his siblings, she was the last released.
Myths (cont) When Hestia was pursued by both Apollo and Poseidon, she begged Zeus to allow her to remain a virgin forever He agreed, and she went to her place at the hearth of Mount Olympus
Myths (cont) In the Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite, Hestia, Athena, and Artemis are the only goddesses not affected by the passion that Aphrodite and her beauty aroused
Genealogy Parents: Kronos and Rhea Siblings: Demeter, Hera, Haides, Poseidon, and Zeus Hestia was one of the virgin goddesses and had no children
Greek/ Roman differences In Roman mythology, she is sometimes depicted with a donkey, her sacred animal, because its braying kept away Priapus She holds a scepter instead of a flowered branch and her head is usually covered She is not only the goddess of the hearth and home, but also of the family
New Job A modern day job that would suit Hestia is: –A nanny/house keeper Because: She would always keep the house warm Nannies dont typically marry or have children She gives love and peace to the family She always keeps her kettle– with tea, of course-- nearby
Homeric Hymn to Hestia Hestia, you who tend the sacred dwelling of the far-shooting lord, Apollo, at holy Pytho, from your tresses flowing oil ever drips down. Come to this house! Come in gentle spirit with resourceful Zeus and grant grace to my song!"