Roman name: Vesta
Ancient Greek Gods for Kids
Hestia had two sisters. One was Hera, the queen of all the gods, and the goddess of marriage. The other was Demeter, the important goddess of the harvest. Hestia also had an important job. She was the goddess of hearth and home. To the ancient Greek women, Hestia was the most important goddess of all.
There are not many myths about Hestia. There did not need to be. Exxcept for Sparta, women in ancient Greece lived very similar lives. Every day, when the ancient Greek women gathered in their central courtyards to sew, to cook, or to listen to stories of the gods, they knew Hestia was watching over them. They never doubted it. It gave them great comfort. They really did not want Hestia to have a life of her own. They were very happy to have Hestia spend her time watching over all the women in ancient Greece, even Spartan women.