In Greekmythology, Hera; in Roman mythology, Juno. She was the queen of the gods, the wife and sister of the god Zeus (Roman Jupiter).
Hera acted as the special protectress of marriage and women, and was worshiped under several names. Her name is of very uncertain origin. It has been related to Greek heros, 'hero', and the former word era, 'earth'. In Rome, as Juno Pronuba she presided over marriage; as Juno Lucina she aided women in childbirth; and as Juno Regina she was the special counselor and protector of the Roman state. Her special festival, the Matronalia, was celebrated on March First.
Hera hated Heracles (Latin Hercules), and made his demise her mission. She was represented as a war-goddess, and the month of June was named after her.
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