In Greek mythology, one of the twelve Olympian gods. Sister of Zeus and goddess of the hearth and home (Roman name, Vesta).
Sister of Zeus and goddess of the hearth. Despite amorous approaches from Poseidon and Apollo she insistently rejected both, preferring to keep her maidenhood pure. Associated with the home, virginity, rejection of warfare and the value of virtue. Often regarded as having allowed her place in the pantheon of Olympic gods to be taken up by Dionysos instead. Noted as being made protector of the eternal flame and having a share in all honours received by the gods from mortal men.
In Greek mythology, virginal Hestia is the goddess of the hearth, of the right ordering of domesticity and the family, who received the first offering at every sacrifice in the household, but had no public cult. In Roman mythology her approximate equivalent was Vesta, who personified the public hearth, and whose cult round the ever-burning hearth bound Romans together in the form of an extended family.