Everybody had a warm place in their hearts for Hestia, the goddess of hearth and home. Way back in the day, both Poseidon and Apollo tried to marry her. She wasn't into either of them, though, so she begged Zeus to let her be a virgin forever. Zeus gave her the go and tasked her with taking care of the sacred hearth fire of Olympus. It may not sound like a particularly awesome job, but Hestia loved it. Being the goddess of the sacrificial fires was a particularly sweet gig because she got first dibs on every animal that was burnt in offering to the gods. Mmmm, barbecue.
Goddess of the Hearth and Home (basically, I get to hang out by the fireplace all day).
Rhea School of Homemaking
Sorry, I'm a sworn virgin.
Priapus, the awful little god who tried to have his way with me
Nobody. Thanks, though! ;)
"Love is the only bow of life's dark cloud. [...] It is the air and light of every heart, builder of every home, kindler of every fire on every hearth."
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Home by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros
Gods and Goddesses of Olympus
Aw, shucks. You're looking for Hestia? Well, that just makes us feel warm and cozy inside. She sometimes gets overlooked, but being the goddess of the hearth and home and one of the original Olympians makes her a big deal in our eyes. You'll have to head up to Mount Olympus to find her. She spends all day everyday tending the sacred fire at the heart of Olympus. If you can manage to make it up there, you should totally take the time to have a chat with the woman. She's the nicest, most mild-mannered, friendliest lady you'll ever meet. There's no doubt about it, Hestia will warm your heart.
Build: A little plump (hey, she doesn't get much exercise)
Hair Color: Brown
Facial Hair: Nope
Jewelry and accessories: A kettle, a flowering branch
Clothing: Modest homespun robes, sometimes a veil
Type of Weapon: No need
She's usually alone by the hearth, but all the gods drop by to say hello once in a while.
The hearth of Olympus—she can't really leave
Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970
Hestia and her siblings get swallowed whole by their daddy, Kronos, in this ancient poem. (Pretty amazing that Hestia came out so well balanced after this; we'd still be in therapy.)
Check out another version of Hestia's cannibalistic introduction to the world. And you thought your life was weird.
Jan 1, 1970 - Dec 20, 2019
Not only is Hestia an awesome hearth tender, she's also a dope architect according to this ancient poem.
Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019
Ovid gives you the low down on how Priapus almost took advantage of Hestia (Vesta) in her sleep. Can you say creep?
Dec 20, 1998
Hestia herself shows up when someone tries to harm one of her priestesses in this TV series.
Dec 20, 1999
Betty White gives voice to Hestia in this Disneyfied version of the adventures of Hercules.
Dec 20, 2019
In this novel, Hestia appears as an eight-year-old girl to give some advice to Percy Jackson.
Dec 20, 2019
The goddess of the hearth makes a cameo in this Hollywood blockbuster.