Hestia the Greek Goddess of the Hearth and Home

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Kelly Macquire
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published on 11 December 2022

Hestia is the ancient Greek goddess of the hearth and home, and of hospitality so her responsibilities included presiding over the preparation of family meals, baking bread, and entertaining guests. As the goddess of the family hearth and also the communal sacrificial flame, part of every sacrifice made to the gods also went to her. To the Romans, she was known as Vesta.

Hestia was the goddess not just of the hearth of the gods on Olympus, but also for the hearths of private homes and the public hearth of towns and cities. In the homes of ancient Greece, the hearth could be a portable brazier and it symbolised the heart and soul of the household. Since Hestia was believed to preside over all of the hearths both private and public, she didn’t have many shrines or temples dedicated to her, but she did have a few cults in Attica at Piraeus, Eleusis, Halimos, and Krokonidai.

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— CHAPTERS —
0:00​ Introduction
1:05 The Birth of Hestia
3:01 Hestia the Goddess of the Hearth
6:03 Outro

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About the Author

Kelly Macquire
Kelly is a graduate from Monash University who has completed her BA (Honours) in Ancient History and Archaeology, focussing on iconography and status in Pylos burials. She has a passion for mythology and the Aegean Bronze Age.

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Macquire, K. (2022, December 11). Hestia the Greek Goddess of the Hearth and Home. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/video/2880/hestia-the-greek-goddess-of-the-hearth-and-home/

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Macquire, Kelly. "Hestia the Greek Goddess of the Hearth and Home." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified December 11, 2022. https://www.worldhistory.org/video/2880/hestia-the-greek-goddess-of-the-hearth-and-home/.

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Macquire, Kelly. "Hestia the Greek Goddess of the Hearth and Home." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 11 Dec 2022. Web. 04 Feb 2023.

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