(Greek) Olympian divinity, sister and consort of Zeus, counterpart of the Roman Juno. According to the Homeric poems she was accorded the same honors by the other divinities as Zeus himself, who counseled with her and also shared with her secret things unknown to the other gods. She is represented as Queen of Heaven only at a later date. Like Zeus she had the power to confer the gift of prophecy.
In the Olympian pantheon of classical Greek Mythology, Hera (IPA pronunciation: ; Greek or ) was the wife and older sister of Zeus. She also presided as goddess of marriage, the patriarchal bondage of her own subordination: her resistance to the rape of Zeus is rendered as Hera's "jealousy", the main theme of literary anecdotes that undercut her ancient cult. Slater 1968; "In comparison with the high esteem of her cult, Hera seems to suffer something of a loss of status in Homer and to become almost a comic figure" (Burkert 1985, p 132). .