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Heracles (Hercules): The Twelve Labors Hera (Juno)

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Hera (Juno)

The queen of the gods absolutely despises Heracles, because he is yet another reminder of her husband Zeus' cheating, philandering ways. Though she gave most of Zeus' illegitimate kids a hard time, she seems to have a special kind of hatred for Heracles. Maybe she hates him because he's the shining star of all of Zeus' illegitimate children. Perhaps she's jealous of all of the attention he gets?

Hera is the goddess of marriage, women, and birth. We wonder how it must have felt for her to watch Heracles kill his own children. Did she intend for him to commit this horrible crime? Or do you think she merely intended him to go a little bit crazy? One thing's for sure: she's a very interesting goddess. There's a lot going on in that noggin of hers.

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