Hera was the sister and wife of Zeus. She was queen of the gods, and the goddess of marriage. She is often shown with a headband or hat.

Jealous Hera

Because her husband had many love affairs Hera was very jealous and often punished Zeus' lovers or his children. Heracles was the one she was most annoyed about. When he was a baby Hera sent snakes to kill him - but he was so strong he strangled them. Later she invented the famous Twelve Labours, but Heracles was successful in all of them.

Worship of Hera

Hera was widely worshipped as the goddess of women and marriage. She had several temples, including the one shown right at Selinus, in Sicily.