Hera was the goddess of marriage and women. She was the
consort of Zeus and the queen of the gods. She was the daughter
of the Titans Kronos and Rhea. Her siblings were Zeus, Hestia,
Demeter, Poseidon, and Hades.
She was swallowed by her father, Kronos, upon her birth
so that she would not overthrow him, just as all her siblings
had been except her brother Zeus. She stayed there until
vomited back up when Kronos ate a magic herb he had been
given by Metis. He had thought that it would make him stronger,
but it actually made him regurgitate all his children. Metis
was working with Zeus in an attempt to gain allies so that
he could take over the universe. Hera fought with Zeus and
her other siblings against the Titans and took over the
Zeus wanted to marry Hera, but she refused since she knew
of his infidelity. Zeus turned himself into cuckoo and created
a storm. He flew into Heras arms and Hera held it
against her. Suddenly Zeus reverted to his original form
and ravished her. Hera then agreed to marry him in order
to hide her shame.
Hera had a servant named Argus who had eyes all over his
body. His job was to guard the cow Io and not allow her
to escape. Io was one of Zeuss lovers that he had
changed into a cow to hide from Hera. But she wasnt
fooled. She found the two of them and asked Zeus if she
could have the cow. Zeus couldnt refuse since that
would give him away, so he gave Io to her and she tied it
Sometime later, Hermes came up to Argus in order to free
Io. He began telling very long, boring stories and eventually
Argus became so bored that all his one hundred eyes closed
in sleep. Hermes quickly touched all his eyes with his magic
wand and Argus went into an eternal sleep.
Hera was furious when she saw that Io had escaped and her
servant Argus was dead. She took Arguss eyes and placed
them on the tail of her favorite bird, the peacock. The
eyes no longer saw anything, but looked beautiful on Heras
bird. She then called all the gods together. She said that
anyone that thought that Hermes was guilty to throw the
stone she had given each one at her feet. Anyone that thought
Hermes was innocent was to throw their stones at his feet.
Hermes cunningly explained that all he had done was bore
Argus to death. So many stones were thrown at Hermess
feet that he was covered in the rocks. So Hera lost that
Hera was always angry with her husband Zeus for his infidelity
and often took out her fury on his illegitimate children.
The child that was the most tormented was definitely Heracles.
Hera caused misfortune after misfortune for him during his
entire mortal life. She finally stopped terrorizing after
he came up Mt. Olympus and became immortal. She was grateful
to him since he had helped the gods to defend Mt. Olympus
against some very powerful enemies. She gave him her daughter
Hebe, the goddess of youth, as his wife.