Study Guide

Hera (Juno)

  • Spotter's Guide

    Hera is Zeus's wife and the queen of the gods. Usually, she appears as a good-looking middle age woman dressed in regal robes, and a lot of times she wears a diadem (a little crown).

    Physical Description

    Sex: Female
    Age: Middle-Aged
    Build: Strong, tall, and voluptuous
    Complexion: Fair
    Hair color: Blondish
    Facial hair: None
    Scars/marks/tattoos: None
    Jewelry and accessories: Fancy diadem; lotus tipped staff
    Clothing: Wears a veil; likes soft, luxurious togas
    Armor: None
    Type of weapon: None

    Typical Companions

    Zeus
    Zeus
    More Zeus
    Women
    Ares
    Peacocks
    Royal lions
    Cuckoos
    Hawks
    Cows

    Other Notes

    Known hangouts: Mount Olympus

    Escape vehicle: None

  • Sightings

    Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

    The Iliad

    Homer brings the gods into The Iliad, which tells the story of the mythic Trojan War. Most of the gods of Olympus take sides in the human war: Hera, Athena, and Poseidon are rooting for the Greeks, while Aphrodite, Ares, and Apollo are fighting for the Trojans.

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    The Aeneid

    In the Roman poet Virgil's epic poem, the vengeful Juno (a.k.a. Hera) has it in for the hero, Aeneas. Find out why she doesn't like him in Book 1.

    Dec 20, 2019

    The Metamorphoses

    The Roman poet Ovid collected all kinds of wild stories about the gods in The Metamorphoses. Here you'll find myths about Juno (a.k.a. Hera), especially ones about her chasing after her husband's lovers. Be sure to check out Book 1, Book 2, and Book 3.

    Dec 20, 2019

    Juno

    This Broadway musical has suspicious similarities to Juno's (a.k.a. Hera) mythological adventures. In Juno, a poor mother named Juno struggles to hold her family and home together. Her husband is also quite the pain in the butt.

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 1999

    Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

    Hera hates all of the children of Zeus's affairs, but maybe Hercules (a.k.a. Heracles) most of all. In this TV series, Hera plays the bad guy.

    Dec 20, 2019

    Percy Jackson and the Olympians

    Percy Jackson has run-ins with all of the gods of Olympus, including Hera. Percy first learns about Hera through her cabin at Camp Half-Blood (where all of the mortal children of the gods hang out and train). Hera's cabin is completely empty. Percy's friend Grover tells us why: "That's another honorary thing. She's the goddess of marriage, so of course she wouldn't go around having affairs with mortals. That's her husband's job" (The Lightning Thief 8.56)

    Dec 20, 2019

    God of War III

    The Greek gods make it onto the PlayStation in the God of War video game trilogy. The mortal hero of the games, Kratos, butts heads with the gods of Olympus, including Hera (which isn't so surprising, since Kratos is one of Zeus's kids from an affair). In God of War III, Hera shows up drunk and upset at both Kratos and Zeus. In the end, Kratos kills her.