Roman name: Juno
Ancient Greek
Myths for Kids

Hera was the queen of all the gods, and also the goddess of marriage. She was Zeus' sister. She was also his wife. The gods did things like that. 

Hera and Zeus had two children, both boys, Ares and Hephaestus.  Zeus also had children with other mothers, children like Hermes and Apollo and Artemis and Hercules. Hera did not like that. She was very jealous. She was often mean to Zeus' other children. Some, like Hercules, she even tried to kill.  

She was also jealous of Zeus. Probably the only thing in the earth or heavens that Zeus truly feared was his wife, Hera - or rather, he feared her temper. You never knew what Hera might do, but quite often, it was something pretty rotten. 

Here are two Hera myths that will show you what I mean by rotten!

Zeus, Hera, and Little Io

Hercules & the 12 Labors of Hercules


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