Hestia

Definition: , the of the hearth, is considered the founder of the family and the and the one who maintains public reverence for the gods. Her parents are Cronus and Rhea, making the sister of , Poseidon, Hades, Hera, and Demeter. Therefore she is sometimes considered one of the twelve Olympians. is invoked at the beginning and end of all solemn public oaths and sacrifices. At the Prytaneion, townhall, her sacred fire was kept burning as the center of . There officials sacrificed to her as in a private home, the father or mother would worship her. Those seeking the state’s protection would go to the Prytaneion’s sacred fire. Her sacred fire, at the Delphic Temple, was the center of religious life. The attributes of Hestia include a serious, but gentle expression seen on , and a sceptre. Sources: , by Walter Burkert Handbook to Life in , by Leslie and Roy Adkins Dictionary of Religion, by Leslie and Roy Adkins

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