- the ancient Greek goddess of the hearth.
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Examples from the Web for hestia
As the Kore is the representative of vegetable life, so Hestia stands in general for the indoor life, the family.
Hestia (Roman Vesta) presided over the private hearths and homesteads of the Greeks, and imparted to them a sacred character.Beacon Lights of History, Volume I
The name Hestia (Latin Vesta) has been variously derived from roots meaning to sit, to stand, to burn.The Classic Myths in English Literature and in Art (2nd ed.) (1911)
Charles Mills Gayley
For without you mortals hold no banquet,—where one does not duly pour sweet wine in offering to Hestia both first and last.Hesiod, The Homeric Hymns, and Homerica
Homer and Hesiod
The division of functions between Hera, Hestia, and Athene is clear.
- Greek myth the goddess of the hearthRoman counterpart: Vesta
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Word Origin and History for hestia
goddess of the hearth, from Greek hestia "hearth, house, home, family" (see vestal).
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