Facts About Greece

Greek Goddesses

This page is packed full with interesting facts about the Greek Goddesses. We hope you enjoy them!

Athena

In Greek mythology and religion Athena was the Goddess of wisdom, strategy, mathematics, law and justice, and crafts and skill. Athena always tried to avoid conflict however when she needed to fight she always won.

Quick Facts about Athena:
  • Roman Name: Minerva
  • Parents: Zeus and Metis
  • Siblings: Porus

Nike

Nike was the Greek Goddess of victory. Some Greek myths describe Nike as the daughter of Pallas and the sister of Kratos, Bia and Zelus. Intersetinly the Greek word 'Nike' is often translated to 'victory', and there is a certain trainer manufacturer named after her.

Quick Facts about Nike:
  • Roman Name: Minerva
  • Parents: Pallas and Styx
  • Siblings: Kratos, Bia, Zelus

Hera

Hera was the Queen of the Gods. Hera was the Goddess of women and marriage and funnily enough was one of Zeus's seven wives.

Quick Facts about Hera:
  • Roman Name: Juno
  • Parents: Cronus and Rhea
  • Siblings: Poseidon, Hades, Demeter, Hestia, Zeus, Chiron
  • Children: Ares, Enyo, Hebe, Eileithyia, Hephaestus and Eris

Hestia

In Ancient Greek religion Hestia was the Goddess of the hearth. Despite only having one temple Greek families worshipped her by a fire.

Quick Facts about Hestia:
  • Roman Name: Vesta
  • Parents: Cronus and Rhea
  • Siblings: Poseidon, Hades, Demeter, Hera, Zeus, Chiron

Aphrodite

Aphrodite was the Greek Goddess of love and beauty. Zeus was worried about the rivalry and competition between the male Gods who wanted to be with Aphrodite, so he married her to Hephaestus. Aphrodite was very jealous and those who said they were more beautiful than her would feel her anger.

Quick Facts about Aphrodite:
  • Roman Name: Venus
  • Parents: Zeus and Dione
  • Siblings: The Tree Nymphs, The Furies and The Gigantes
  • Children: Eros, Phobos, Deimos, Harmonia, Anteros, Himeros, Hermaphroditos, Rhode, Eryx, Peitho, Tyche, Eunomia, The Graces, Priapus and Aeneas.

Gaea (Gaia)

Gaea is the Greek Goddess of earth. She was the second living thing in the universe, the first being the Greek God Chaos. Gaea was the mother of all the Greek Gods. The Titans and Giants descended from her relationship with Uranus (the sky), and the sea Gods descended from her union with Pontus (the sea).

Quick Facts about Gaea:
  • Roman Name: Terra (which translates to Earth in English)
  • Parents: Aether and Hemera
  • Siblings: Eros, Uranus, Tartarus and Nyx
  • Children: Cyclopses, Oranos, Pontus and Cronus

Psyche

Psyche is the goddess of love. The word psyche is the Ancient Greek word for soul or living. She famously courted Cupid (the God of love) for a very long time.

Quick Facts about Psyche:
  • Roman Name: Psyche
  • Husband: Eros (Cupid)

Demeter

In Greek mythology and religion Demeter was the Goddess of the harvest. She was responsible for the all of the plants on earth and is linked with fertility. Demeter also controlled the seasons.

Quick Facts about Demeter:
  • Roman Name: Ceres
  • Parents: Cronus and Rhea
  • Children: Persephone

If you enjoyed reading about the Greek Goddesses then you probably want to check out our page dedicated to the Greek Gods