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  1. the ancient Greek goddess of the hearth.
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  • As the Kore is the representative of vegetable life, so Hestia stands in general for the indoor life, the family.

    Introduction to the History of Religions

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  • Hestia (Roman Vesta) presided over the private hearths and homesteads of the Greeks, and imparted to them a sacred character.

  • The name Hestia (Latin Vesta) has been variously derived from roots meaning to sit, to stand, to burn.

  • For without you mortals hold no banquet,—where one does not duly pour sweet wine in offering to Hestia both first and last.

  • The division of functions between Hera, Hestia, and Athene is clear.

British Dictionary definitions for hestia


  1. 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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