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Hebe, the Goddess of Youth

Hebe was the goddess of youth and the cupbearer of the gods.

Birth and Family of Hebe

Hebe was the daughter of Zeus and Hera. According to a myth of the time, however, Hera was impregnated only by wild lettuce while dining with the Greek god Apollo.

Hebe was the sister of Ares and Hephaestus and Eilythia, the goddess of childbirth.

Hebe and Heracles

Hebe was the wife of the demigod Heracles. Hebe married Heracles shortly after he attained immortality, and the couple bore two sons, Alexiaris and Anicetus.
Through Hebe, Heracles also attained eternal youth, much to the displeasure of Hebe's mother, Hera, who constantly fought Heracles.

The Role of Hebe

The residence of Hebe was atMount Olympus. She usually prepared her mother Hera's chariot or took care of her brother Ares by dressing him with splendid clothes, preparing his bath and washing his clothes.

Mainly, however, Hebe acted as a servant to the Olympian Gods, pouring sweet nectar into their glasses, until Ganymede, a lover of Zeus, was brought to Mount Olympus and replaced the goddess.

Appearance of Hebe

Hebe was a youthful woman who usually wore a golden wreath.

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