As the "hero," the picara goes back beyond the word to its roots of the word in Hera, the chief mother of the Olympian gods, sister and woof to Zeus, and a powerful goddess in her own right. When her followers did deeds for her sake, they adopted a enema signifying their accomplishments; thus Herakles did deeds for the glory of Hera. Critics might find the adoption of Hera's name for such a woman a cleaner, simpler way to distinguish her from a female hero or a heroine; a woman who does great deeds might be called a "hear" rather then a "hero."
The Temple of Hera in Olympia Greece: The temple of goddess Hera in Ancient Olympia was originally a temple for both Zeus and Hera. In the 7th century, this temple was built of wood, but eventually the wood was replaced by stone. One of the oldest monuments in Greece, the Temple of Hera became solely dedicated to the goddess, when the great Temple of Zeus was constructed nearby. Today, it is at the altar of this temple that the Olympic flame is lit and carried to all parts of the world where the Olympic Games are being held.
The goddess was wrathful at losing to Aphrodite the prize of the Golden Apple adressed "to the Fairest". She took her anger out on the city Troy, supporting the Greeks, in a war over the elopement of unfaithful Helene (Aphrodite bribe to Paris for the prize).
Hera is the Goddess who has suffered the most at the hands of those who dabbled in Greek mythology. Summed up and dismissed as a shew and a nag, Hera was in fact the most powerful of all the Olympian Goddesses, the queen of the gods. Before that She was the primary divinity of the pre-Hellenic Greeks who honored Her through festivals similar the Olympics.
Hera is usually represented seated on a throne, holding a pomegranate in one hand and a sceptre surmounted by a cuckoo in the other. She appears as a calm, dignified matron of majestic beauty, robed in a tunic and mantle, her forehead is broad and intellectual, her eyes large and fully opened, and her arms dazzlingly white and finely moulded.
One more story found on the myths of Hera that gives an example of the strife between Hera and Zeus it's when she knew that Zeus gave birth to Athena without her help, she then gave birth to Hephaestus, but he was ugly and deformed, and she threw him out of Olympus. As revenge for this, Hephaestus gave to her mother a magical throne, but when she sat in it, she could not leave it anymore, but thanks to the help of Dionysus, who convinced Hephaestus to come back to Olympus and free Hera. He did but in exchange of one favor, have as wife Aphrodite, his request was granted, and Hera was able to leave the throne again.
Hera went on the bear Zeus three children; Ares, Hebe and Eileithya but in spite of this, her marriage was anything but happy. It seems that her husband was quite the rogue and was known throughout Greece for his countless romances. Hera spent most of her time trying to catch the scoundrel in the act and when she did, it surely meant misfortune for any maiden involved.
Hera became the queen of the Immortals. Hera's duties and authorities were not as clearly defined as those of her brothers and sisters but she clearly commanded respect and reverence second only to that shown to Zeus. Hera is the most beautiful of the Immortals ... even more beautiful than the goddess of Love, Aphrodite. Her beauty is renewed each spring as she magically washes away the wear and worry of her immortal existence. Her name appears in many stories and she is often regarded as petty and unforgiving, especially in the case of Herakles (Hercules), but in her relationship with Jason she was compassionate and protective.
Hera, the wife of Zeus, was the last of his divine companions. She was the daughter of Cronus and Rhea. Her mother entrusted her to Tethys, who brought her up on the very edge of the world in a place called Oceanus while Zeus was struggling with the Titans. This is one legend, but it also is held that Zeus and his sister had a long betrothal, which dates back to the time when Cronus still ruled the world. There are numerous stories relating to the union of Zeus and Hera. One version by Pausanias tells how young Hera found a cuckoo stiff and cold on a wintry day and held it to her breast to warm it. The bird was none other than Zeus, who had disguised himself as such to overcome his sister's refusal to satisfy his desire for her. But Hera did not yield to him until he promised to make her his legal wife.
Hera was an ancient goddess, existing long before he new gods, including Zeus. Her original name is unknown: Hera is a title, meaning "Lady." Her original cult was so strong that the newcomers to the Greek peninsula from the North had to acknowledge it and absorb it into their own religion by making Hera the consort of Zeus, the king of the Olympian Gods.