Goddess of the hearth and the altar-fires, whose sacred flame would burn in many cities. The ancient Greeks prayed to her before and after they ate.
She was the eldest daughter of Cronus and Rhea. When Apollo and Poseidon wanted to marry her, she swore by Zeus that she would remain a virgin.
Hestia was strongly connected to the cult of the home and the family. When a child was born, the Greeks would carry it around the hearth, so that it would become a family member.
She was also the goddess of the city hearth (Prytaneion). To be allowed to eat by this hearth was a great honour.
In Rome she became an important goddess under the name Vesta.

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