zeus wife

(I have no idea what happened to my scanner, but the colours looked awful. I tried to adjust the drawing digitally). Anyway, here’s another character design for my Hades and Persephone comic project: Hera, goddess of marriage and maternity. She’s a wildly mistreated/ ridiculed character, but I always imagined her as a goddess who beared a lot of suffering and despite her appearance as a little bit of an arrogant matron, she’s very emotional (both in a positive and a negative way).

Imagine when Hades asked Zeus for help with Persephone.

HADES: hey Zeus you know Demeter’s daughter? Persephone?

ZEUS: Yes….

HADES: Help me make her my wife.

ZEUS: ummm….. the goddess of springtime? That’s who you’re going with?

HADES: You locked me out of Olympus do me this one favor.

ZEUS: Fine whatever

HADES: Thank you. Now how do women work?

ZEUS: That takes too much time just kidnap her.

HADES: …… Well if that’s how to charm girls.

Greek Mythology Moodboard - Artemis was the goddess of chastity, virginity, the hunt, the moon, and the natural environment.
She was the daughter of Zeus and Leto, twin sister of Apollo. She was born on the island of Ortygia, where Leto had found shelter after being hunted by the lawful wife of Zeus, Hera. As soon as Artemis was born, she helped her mother give birth to her twin brother, thereby becoming the protector of childbirth and labour. She asked her father to grant her eternal chastity and virginity, and never gave in to any potential lovers; devoted to hunting and nature, she rejected marriage and love. She was the protector of nature and the hunt; both wild and tame animals were under her protection. She also protected the agriculture and animal herding.

“I sing of golden-throned Hera...

Originally posted by headlesssamurai

…whom Rhea bare. Queen of the immortals is she, surpassing all in beauty.” 

                                                                          - Homeric Hymn to Hera. 

Please do not excuse this obligatory Hera appreciation post!

I’ll admit, for years I found Hera intimidating and unapproachable. She seemed particularly cold, aloof and distant compared to other deities, especially as my connection with Aphrodite and Her retinue had always felt warm and enticing and genuinely favourable.

Now I look back at and curse myself for not truly appreciating the regal, enchanting, powerful Queen of Heaven Herself - the white-armed, cow-eyed Queen of Olympus; Goddess of marriage, women and the sky; Wife of Zeus; Patron of Argos and Samos; mother of Ares (war), Hebe (youth), Eileithyia (childbirth), Hephaestus (metalworking) and Eris* (strife). 

*according to some sources.

I am truly in awe of Her.

Offerings ideas: peacock feathers, pomegranates, expensive jewelry, lotus flowers, incense, love songs, romantic poetry, bridal accessories.

Originally posted by abigayle12000

Κυανέοις κόλποισιν ἐνημένη, ἀερόμορφε,
Ἥρη παμβασίλεια, Διὸς σύλλεκτρε μάκαιρα,
ψυχοτρόφους αὔρας θνητοῖς παρέχουσα προσηνεῖς,
ὄμβρων μὲν μήτηρ, ἀνέμων τροφέ, παντογένεθλε·
χωρὶς γὰρ σέθεν οὐδὲν ὅλως ζωῆς φύσιν ἔγνω·
κοινωνεῖς γὰρ ἅπασι κεκραμένη ἠέρι σεμνῶι·
πάντων γὰρ κρατέεις μούνη πάντεσσί τ’ ἀνάσσεις
ἠερίοις ῥοίζοισι τινασσομένη κατὰ χεῦμα.
ἀλλά, μάκαιρα θεά, πολυώνυμε, παμβασίλεια,
ἔλθοις εὐμενέουσα καλῶι γήθουσα προσώπωι.
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Seated on blue-black swells, o cloud-shaper,
Hera, queen of all, blessed wife of Zeus,
offering gentle, life-nourishing breezes to mortals,
o mother of rainstorms, o feeder of winds, o ancestor of all;
for without you nothing at all would know the quickening of life;
for you have a share in all, mingled with holy air;
for you alone have power over all and rule over all,
brandishing lofty blasts upon the water.
Yet, blessed goddess, many-named, queen of all,
may you come, gracious, rejoicing, with lovely countenance.
—  Orphic Hymn to Hera (16)
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Greek Mythology Series: Children to Nyx and Erebus

                 Hypnos

      Greek God (Daimon) of Sleep

Hypnos is the God of sleep and twin to Thanatos (Peaceful Death). He is often seen flying the skies with his Mother (Nyx) and Thanatos. He married Pasithea (Rest) as a gift from Hera after he helped her trick her husband Zeus. With his wife they created the Oneiroi (Dreams). 

He is described as a young looking man with wings and lives in the Underworld in a cave near the River of Lethe. This is where Night and Day meet.

Pausanias, Description of Greece 9. 3. 1 :
“Hera, they say, was for some reason or other angry with Zeus, and had retreated to Euboia. Zeus, failing to make her change her mind, visited Kithaeron, at that time despot in Plataia [or the mountain-god], who surpassed all men for his cleverness. So he ordered Zeus to make an image of wood, and to carry it, wrapped up, in a bullock wagon, and to say that he was celebrating his marriage with Plataia, the daughter of Asopos. So Zeus followed the advice of Kithairon. Hera heard the news at once, and at once appeared on the scene. But when she came near the wagon and tore away the dress from the image, she was pleased at the deceit, on finding it a wooden image and not a bride, and was reconciled to Zeus. To commemorate this reconciliation they celebrate a festival called Daidala.”

This is one of my favorite stories of their marriage. I like to imagine she laughed when she discovered what he’d done.

the Twelve Olympians

Aries

Ares

God of War, Violence; son of Zeus and Hera

Taurus

Dionysos

God Vine, holidays, Folly, the drunkenness, Drugs and Ecstasy. Son of Zeus and Semele, a mortal.

Gemini

Hermes

God’s Travel, Communications, Commerce, Thieves, Dodge, Language, of Scripture, of Diplomacy, messenger of the gods; son of Zeus and Maia

Cancer

Artemis

Goddess of the Hunt, of Wilds, Animal, Youth girls. Associated later to the Moon; daughter of Zeus and Leto, twin sister of Apollo

Leo

Apollo

God of Light, Sun, Music, Arts, Care, Prophecies, Poetry, of Purity, Sports, male Beauty; son of Zeus and Leto, twin brother of Artemis

Virgo

Demeter

Goddess of agriculture and harvest. Daughter of Cronus and Rhea Titans. Mother of Persephone.

Libra

Aphrodite

Goddess of love and sexuality. Wife of Hephaestus

Scorpio

Hera

Wedding Goddess, guardian of the fertility of the couple and of women in labor. Wife of Zeus, jealous and vengeful

Sagittarius

Zeus

Chief of the gods, god of Heaven, Climate, Thunder, Lightning of. Youngest son of Cronus and Rhea, brother of Demeter, Hades, Hera, Hestia and Poseidon; husband of Hera.

Capricorn

Athena

Goddess of Intelligence and Ability, the warrior strategy, Crafts and Wisdom, combined with the art of weaving; daughter of Zeus and Metis

Aquarius

Hephaestus

Deformed God of Fire, the Forges and Volcanos, divine inventor and creator of magic items. ; son of Zeus and Hera

Pisces

Poseidon

God of the Sea, the Floods, Earthquakes, creator of the horses; son of Cronus and Rhea, brother of Demeter, Hades, Hera, Hestia and Zeus

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The god Zeus was known to be persuasive and lustful. He usually observed the Amazons, and one of them truly caught his eye…
Queen Hippolyte.
He attempted to seduce her for a long time. She always rejected him, to the point where the two battled, as the Amazon wanted to be left at peace.

After Diana left to man’s world, Hippolyte felt a bit lonely.
Years later, Zeus confroted her again, and she began to warm up to the king of gods, until she finally fell for him.
The two consummated their love.
From the union, Hippolyte gave birth to a girl. She named her… Donna.
She kept the creature a secret, from her own sisters, who wouldn’t like the idea of their queen joining a man; and from the gods, as the goddess Hera -Zeus’s wife and queen- was well known for her wrath and jealousy.

To protect her, Hippolyte sent Donna to men’s world, where she hoped she’d be found and taken under care by Diana. Donna grew up in an orphanage, very well aware that she was born a superhuman; with great speed, strengh and intelligence, and the ability to mimic any voice she knows or hears.

This would doomed her, as the Titan Rhea appears to her one day, and takes her to the New Cronus realm.
Donna realises she isn’t the only child. She’s just one of twelve children, all orphan superhumans, whom the Titans call, their Titan Seeds.
Each child recieves a name, belonging to an ancient Greek city. Donna is called Troy.
The Seeds are granted with the fate to become the Titans’ saviors, and to, someday, restore the Titans’ legacy.
But as time passes, the Titans start to have conflicts, and now the Seeds are slowly driven mad, and begin to fight each other for power.
One of them, a girl called Sparta, proves to be the strongest, by killing all the other children. The Titans allow her, as she appears to be a champion worthy of their heirdom.
Only Troy (Donna) and a boy called Athyns remain. The two work together to resist Sparta’s attacks and defend themselves. Suddenly, Wonder Woman appears in the realm, and protects the two victims.
The Titans are furious with the Amazon, and assault her. Troy and Athyns try to help her, but Sparta gets in their way.
With her last strengh, Troy saves Athyns from a certain death, but accidentally kills Sparta.
After briefly defeating the Titans, Diana saves Troy and Athyns, and quickly leaves the realm far behind.

The three arrive to Earth. Diana is remorseful for not being able to save all the children, but she makes an effort to comfort the grieving Donna, who, still so young, has commited an act that she will regret forever.
Diana offers both children to go with her to the ISA, where they can learn to use their abilities for a better cause.
Only Athyns stays at the Academy, since Diana sees great potential in Donna, and takes her to Paradise Island.

With her sight illuminated by the Goddesses, Hippolyte immediately recognizes her daughter. The Queen no longer cared about the punishments that the furious Hera could draw on her, she only begged her daughter to forgive her, for leaving her alone and putting her at a greater risk.
Donna accepts her true family and her new home.
She recieves training and teachings from her sisters, and becomes the second Amazon Princess.
Just to like any other Amazon, she was gifted an armor and the Bracelets of Submission.
She was given the Tiara of Royalty.
The Goddesses gifted her the Lasso of Persuassion.
Queen Hippolyte, her mother, gifted her the bow and arrows she used in many battles.
And god Hermes gave her a personal gift, a pair of Winged Sandals (the Talaria).

In this continuity…
Donna can’t fly without her Sandals.
Diana takes Donna with her to men’s world once she considers her ready. Donna takes the full name Donna Troy, and becomes the superheroine… WONDER GIRL.

While she is Diana’s pupil, younger sister, and sidekick, the two often went their own ways. Donna eventually joined the Teen Titans, with fellow vigilantes: Superboy (Kal-El), Supergirl, Robin (Dick Grayson), Batgirl, Starfire, Cyborg, Beast Boy, Raven, Terra, Speedy, Hawk, Dove, Aqualad, Zatanna, Pantha, Mirage and Hotspot.

After years of working with the team, the group splits up, and Wonder Girl, Batgirl and Supergirl remain together for a time, until Donna decides to return to Paradise Island, and rule alongside her mother.
With the arrival of Cassandra Sandsmark, whom Donna immediately takes as her loving sister, she and Diana dedicate their time in training her, until Cassie’s ready to take the mantle of Wonder Girl, in Donna’s place.

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Olympian Census #5: Athena 

Get the stats on your favorite (and not-so-favorite) gods and goddesses on view at the Getty Center.

Roman name: Minerva

Employment: Goddess of wisdom and war

Place of residence: Mount Olympus

Parents: Born out of Zeus’s head

Marital status: Single and chaste

Offspring: None

Symbol: Owl, olive tree, and armor

Special talent: Athena was a master strategist in war and promoted justice and wisdom, often criticizing the other hot-headed, lust-driven Olympian gods.

Highlights reel:

  • Zeus swallowed his first wife, Metis, after hearing a prophesy that Metis would give birth to a son who would overthrow Zeus. But one day, Zeus had such a headache that Hephaestus cracked Zeus’s skull with an axe…and out came Athena, fully grown and armored.
  • Athena challenged Arachne to a weaving contest when Arachne claimed she could weave better than Athena. Arachne, a mortal, weaved scenes of Zeus’s love affairs, and the angry Athena turned her into a spider.
  • Impressed by the wit of Greek hero Odysseus, Athena helped guide him back home after 20 years away from home: 10 years of Trojan War, plus 10 years of wandering on the sea cursed by Poseidon.

Olympian Census is a 12-part series profiling gods in art at the Getty Center.

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Mythology meme || Artemis ; greek goddess

Artemis was the goddess of chastity, virginity, the hunt, the moon, and the natural environment.

She was the daughter of Zeus and Leto, twin sister of Apollo. She was born on the island of Ortygia (Delos), where Leto had found shelter after being hunted by the lawful wife of Zeus, Hera. As soon as Artemis was born, she helped her mother give birth to her twin brother, thereby becoming the protector of childbirth and labour. She asked her father to grant her eternal chastity and virginity, and never gave in to any potential lovers; devoted to hunting and nature, she rejected marriage and love.

She was the protector of nature and the hunt; both wild and tame animals were under her protection. She also protected the agriculture and animal herding.

Herbert James Draper,
Lamia, 1909

In ancient Greek mythology Lamia was a beautiful queen of Libya who became a child-eating daemon. Aristophanes claimed her name derived from the Greek word for gullet (λαιμός; laimos), referring to her habit of devouring children. In the myth, Lamia is a mistress of the god Zeus, causing Zeus’ jealous wife, Hera, to kill all of Lamia’s children and transform her into a monster that hunts and devours the children of others,