Friday, 29 November 2013

Hebe

Hebe

In Greek mythology, Hebe is described as goddess of youth, and daughter of Zeus and Hera. Hebe was the cupbearer for the gods and goddesses of Mt Olympus.  She was also the goddess of the young bride and an attendant of the goddess Aphrodite. Hebe had power to make persons of advanced age young again. Hebe assists Hera in putting the horses to her chariot and she bathes and dresses her brother Ares.  Hebe's male counterpart was the boy Ganymede. When Hercules ascended into heaven after his painful death, Hebe became his bride.  Hebe became by Hercules the mother of two sons, Alexiares and Anitcetus. Sometime she was represented with wings like the goddess Iris and Nike.

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