Hera in Greek Mythology

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In Greek Mythology, there are many different gods and goddesses but only one Hera. Hera is known for being the queen of all the Greek gods and being the main wife of Zeus, who is king of all the gods. Hera was goddess of childbirth and marriage. Known for many different things, Hera is considered the most jealous and quarrelsome goddess in all mythology.

There are many stories about Hera punishing women involved with Zeus and kids of Zeus that were not Hera’s but one specific story is that of Hercules who is Alcmene’s son. Hera had persecuted him since before he could talk only because she was jealous and hated the fact that Zeus was his father. Even though Hera had tried so many different ways to kill him, like sending snakes to him while he was a newborn, she was his nurse while he was a young child. Hercules is one of many people that Hera hated or tried to punish.

Hera did not just punish the mistresses of Zeus. She also punished Zeus. Once, she got some other gods to help her plot against Zeus. Hera had put drugs in Zeus’s drink and her and the other gods had cornered him while he slept. They bound him up in rawhide thongs and stole his thunderbolt. Zeus was saying he would destroy all of them but he could not get out of the rawhide thongs. His cousin, Briareus, was working in his garden and saw that Zeus needed help. Briareus reached through the window that he was looking at Zeus through, with his hundred arms and unbound the knots to free Zeus. Right when Zeus freed himself, he got his thunderbolt back and hung Hera in the sky for rebelling against him. Because Hera was always jealous and quarrelsome, none of the other gods went to help her. Hera wept the whole night to try and get to Zeus to let her come down. Zeus said he would let her come down if she had promised she wouldn’t pull a stunt like that again. Hera promised but Zeus and his wife still kept their eyes on the other always aware if the other did something bad.

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