MYTH MAN'S AWARD-WINNING HOMEWORK HELP
HESTIA, GODDESS OF HOME AND HEARTH
PART TWO - LOTS MORE INFO & PIX
LATIN - VESTA
The leading woman of the house would be responsible for the worship of
Hestia, but sometimes a man would perform the duties.
Hestia, as the goddess of the hearth, represented personal security and happiness, and the sacred duty of hospitality. She was considered the patron goddess of architecture as well.
Hestia was universally revered, not only because she
was the mildest, most upright and most charitable of all the Olympians,
but as having invented the art of building houses. Although she was
rarely depicted in art, and played almost no part in myths, she was held
in the highest honor, by both the Greeks and the Romans.
Hestia, in all dwellings of men and immortals
Hestia, you who tend the holy house of the lord
Apollo, the Far-shooter at goodly Pytho, Hestia, with soft oil dripping ever from your locks, come now into this
house, come, having one mind with Zeus the all-wise: draw near, and
withal bestow grace upon my song.
Homeric Hymn to Hestia
Some claim that the wise Hestia, goddess of the hearth, gave up her place at Olympus to make room for Dionysus, and indeed she was happy to be rid of the petty jealousies that were rampant in the heavens..
Hestia was universally revered, not only because she was the mildest, most upright and most charitable of all the Olympians, but as having invented the art of building houses.