The story behind the name “Anthea’s”!

The story behind the name “Anthea’s”!

Anthea meaning blossom or flower in Greek, was an epithet of the Classical Greek Goddess Hera. Hera was the wife and one of the three sisters of Zeus (the King of Gods), the Olympian Queen of the Gods and the supreme Goddess of women, childbirth, family and marriage. She was also a Goddess of the sky and starry heavens. Many of the myths and legends about Hera concern her birth and marriage. The daughter of Cronus and Rhea, Hera was swallowed after birth by Cronus. Her siblings suffered the same fate. However, Rhea managed to save Zeus, the youngest brother and later he rescued his brothers and sisters by giving Cronus a potion that caused him to vomit them up.

When Zeus and his brothers defeated the Titans and divided the universe among themselves, they gave nothing to their sisters. Hera was furious at being left out, and this anger persisted when Zeus began courting her. According to the myths, Zeus after many unsuccessful attempts, realized he needed another approach with her and resorted to trickery! He took the form of a scruffy cuckoo. Hera, feeling sorry for the bird held it to her breast to keep it warm. Zeus then resumed his normal form and took advantage of her thus shaming her into marrying him. As the wife of Zeus, Hera bore him four children: Hephaestus, the God of fire and crafts; Ares, the God of war; Ilithyia, the Goddess of childbirth; and Hebe, the cup bearer of the Gods. Zeus and Hera often quarreled, and their arguments sometimes became fierce enough to shake the halls of Olympus, the home of the Gods. Most of their arguments concerned Zeus's seduction of other women, but they also argued about the nature of love itself!

Hera was usually depicted as a beautiful woman wearing a crown and holding a royal, lotus-tipped staff. Sometimes she held a royal lion or had a cuckoo or hawk as her familiar. In images and statues, Hera is portrayed as being majestic and solemn, crowned with the polos – a high cylindrical crown worn by many of the Great Goddesses. Even before her marriage with Zeus, she ruled over the heavens and the earth. This is one reason why she is referred to as ‘The Queen of Heaven’ – ruling over Mount Olympus where all the Gods and Goddesses lived!

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