►Greek Mythology: “Hera, Zeus’ Wife” / Poetry: “Two Poems”.-

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"The Peacock complaining to Juno", by Gustave Moreau (1881). “The Peacock complaining to Juno”, by Gustave Moreau (1881).

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Hera (Roman equivalent: Juno) was Zeus’ wife and sister, and was raised by the Titans Oceanus and Tethys. She was the supreme goddess, patron of marriage, family and childbirth, having a special interest in protecting married women. 

Hera, like her siblings, was swallowed by her father Cronos (Rhea‘s husband) as soon as she was born.

Zeus with the help of Metis later tricked Cronos into a swallowing a potion that forced him to disgorge his offspring.

The legitimate offspring of her union with Zeus are Ares (the god of war), Hebe (the goddess of youth), Eris (the goddess of discord) and Eileithvia (goddess of childbirth).  

Johann Jakob Bachofen (“An Investigation of the Religious and Juridical Character of Matriarchy in the Ancient [1861]), considered that Hera, was originally the goddess of a matriarchal people, presumably inhabiting Greece before the…

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17 thoughts on “►Greek Mythology: “Hera, Zeus’ Wife” / Poetry: “Two Poems”.-

    1. I’m at a loss myself. As far as I know I haven’t done anything apart from read, comment, ‘like’ or ‘re-blog’. (mainly because I’m a Luddite and I don’t know how to do anything else!) I can only put it down to ‘gremlins’ :0)

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  1. Hi Kate,
    Thanks for dropping by my site. I am glad you liked my post on how to get an affordable Virtual Assistant.
    In response to your post, I teach Greek and Roman mythology to my middle schoolers.
    Janice

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  2. Wow Janice, how interesting,

    I would have loved to have studied that subject at school.

    The very first ‘mythology’ story I remember was when I was quite young.
    I saw the film Jason and the Argonauts on T.V. and loved it.
    I took myself off to the local library very soon after and got out several books on the subject (with the help of the nice Librarian).

    I love hearing ‘mythological’ stories from all around the world.
    I do struggle with the usage of the word ‘mythology’ though as Greek and Roman ‘mythologies’ are of religions that were once widely practised across Europe, not just in Greece or Italy.
    Is the use of ‘myth’ in this context because they are religions not practiced anymore do you think?

    On the other hand, I have also read books that talk about (as an example) African and Shinto stories as ‘mythology’ even though they are religions still practised today.

    So it seems that religious stories which are not part of the three main Abrahamic faiths get classed as ‘mythology’ – which to me, seems to denigrate them in some way.

    But that’s a debate for another forum, these are just my rambling thoughts, I find it all fascinating.

    Kate

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  3. My favorite:
    Coronis, daughter of Phlegyas, King of the Lapiths, was one of Apollo’s lovers. While Apollo was away, Coronis, already pregnant with Asclepius, fell in love with Ischys, son of Elatus. A white crow which Apollo had left to guard her informed him of the affair and Apollo, enraged that the bird had not pecked out Ischys’ eyes as soon as he approached Coronis, flung a curse upon it so furious that it scorched its feathers, which is why all crows are black. Apollo sent his sister, Artemis, to kill Coronis because he could not bring himself to. Afterward Apollo, feeling dejected, only regained his presence of mind when Coronis’ body was already aflame on a funeral pyre. Upon a sign from Apollo, Hermes cut the unborn child out of her womb and gave it to the centaur Chiron to raise. Hermes then brought her soul to Tartarus.[1][2][3][4][5][6]
    The child was Aesculapius
    He was the son of Apollo and, according to the earliest accounts, a mortal woman named Coronis.[5] His mother was killed for being unfaithful to Apollo and was laid out on a funeral pyre to be consumed, but the unborn child was rescued from her womb. Or, alternatively, his mother died in labor and was laid out on the pyre to be consumed, but his father rescued the child, cutting him from her womb.[6]

    Education[edit]
    Apollo carried the baby to the centaur Chiron who raised Asclepius and instructed him in the art of medicine.[7] It is said that in return for some kindness rendered by Asclepius, a snake licked Asclepius’ ears clean and taught him secret knowledge (to the Greeks snakes were sacred beings of wisdom, healing, and resurrection). Asclepius bore a rod wreathed with a snake, which became associated with healing. To this day a species of non-venomous pan-Mediterranean serpent, the Aesculapian snake (Zamenis longissimus) is named for the god.

    Asclepius became so proficient as a healer that he surpassed both Chiron and his father, Apollo. Asclepius was therefore able to evade death and to bring others back to life from the brink of death and beyond. This caused an influx of human beings and Zeus resorted to killing him to maintain balance in the numbers of the human population

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