Hebe (mythology)

In Greek mythology, Hēbē (Greek: Polytonic|Ἥβη) is the goddess of youth (Roman equivalent: Juventas). She is the daughter of Zeus and Hera. Hêbê was the cupbearer for the gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus, serving their nectar and ambrosia, until she was married to Heracles (Roman equivalent: Hercules); her successor was the young Trojan prince Ganymede. Another title of hers, for this reason, is "Ganymeda." She also drew baths for Ares and helped Hera enter her chariot.

In Euripides' play "Heracleidae", Hebe granted Iolaus' wish to become young again in order to fight Eurystheus. Hebe had two children with her husband Heracles: Alexiares and Anicetus. In Roman mythology, Juventas received a coin offering from boys when they put on the adult men's toga for the first time. The name "Hebe" comes from Greek word meaning "youth" or "prime of life". "Juventas" likewise means "youth", as can be seen in such derivatives as "juvenile". In art, Hebe is usually depicted wearing a sleeveless dress. There is a statue of Hebe, by Robert Thomas; (1966), in Birmingham city centre, England. Antonio Canova also sculpted four different statues of Hebe: one of them is in the Museum of Forlì, in Italy.

External links

* [http://www.birmingham-photos.co.uk/Calendar/Hebe.htm Photo of Birmingham Statue]
* [http://www.pantheon.org/articles/h/hebe.html Pantheon.org - Hebe]
* [http://www.theoi.com/Ouranios/Hebe.html Theoi Project - Hebe]

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