Friday, August 8, 2014

Hebe: Greek Goddess of Youth, forgiveness, immortality, & spring

Hebe is the goddess of youth, and she is the daughter of Zeus and Hera. She is married to Heracles, the protector of Olympus, and was the cupbearer of the gods.

Hebe is mainly seen as the goddess of youth. She is also the keeper of the Fountain of Youth and she is (or in other myths, was) the cupbearer of the gods. She is sometimes said to be the patron of brides, as well as the goddess of forgiveness and immortality.

Hebe is always seen as a young goddess because she is the goddess (and sometimes the personification) of youth. In most other depictions of her, she is either wearing a sleeveless dress or she doesn't even have a top on. She is sometimes shown with wings. She is said to be uncharismatic and clumsy.

She was also the patron goddess of the young bride and an attendant of the goddess Aphrodite. Herakles received Hebe in marriage upon his ascension to Olympos, a wedding which reconciled the hero with Hebe's mother Hera.

Hebe's male counterpart was the boy Ganymedes and her opposite number was Geras (Old Age). She may have been equated with Selene's daughter Pandeia.

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