Hera, aka Juno
Greco-Roman Deity
Pantheon: Ancient Greece
God of: Queen of the Gods
Goddess of Marriage, Women and Birth
Parents: Kronos and Rhea
Spouse: Zeus
Children: Ares, Hephaestus
Relatives: The Gods of Olympus, including Poseidon, Athena, Hermes and Dionysus; Perseus (demigod nephew)
Turtledove Appearances:
The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump
POD: Prehistory
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
"Myth Manners' Guide to Greek Missology"
Satirical Fantasy
Type of Appearance: Direct

Hera was a goddess of the Ancient Greek pantheon. She was the wife and older sister of Zeus. Her chief function was as goddess of women and marriage. The Romans conflated Hera with their own Queen of the gods Juno.

Hera was known for her jealous and vengeful nature, most notably against Zeus's paramours and offspring, but also against mortals who crossed her.

Hera in The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump[]

Juno lived in the Italian city of Veii prior to 396 BC, when the Roman Republic conquered the city and moved the center of her worship to Rome. This case was one of the legal precedents of resettled Powers which David Fisher often consulted in his work.[1]

Hera in "Myth Manners' Guide to Greek Missology"[]

Hera and Zeus tasked Andromeda with vanquishing the Gorgons, three creatures of entrancing beauty. Zeus indicated his willingness to vanquish them himself, but Hera refused to allow him, knowing he would be too easily entrapped by the Gorgons' beauty.

Hera presented Andromeda with a shield that would distort the reflection of whoever gazed into it to aid her in her task.

Some time prior to this, Zeus had had an affair with a mortal princess, Danaë of Argos, which resulted in a son named Perseus. Andromeda rescued Perseus from a sea monster and married him on Mount Olympus. Hera found that she actually liked Danaë, as the two bonded over their irritation with Zeus.

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