Goddesses of Greek Mythology

These are the main Greek goddesses you will find in Greek mythology:

  • Aphrodite
  • Artemis
  • Athena
  • Demeter
  • Hera
  • Hestia

In Greek mythology, these Greek goddesses frequently interact with mankind, sometimes benevolently, but often ruthlessly. The goddesses epitomize certain prized (ancient) female roles, including virgin and mother. Here you will find a bit more information about these Greek goddesses with hyperlinks to their more complete profiles.

Also see their male counterparts, the Greek Gods.

Venus appearing in a bowl of milk
Miguel Navarro/ Stone/ Getty Images

Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of beauty, love, and sexuality. She is sometimes known as the Cyprian because there was a cult center of Aphrodite on Cyprus. Aphrodite is the mother of the god of love, Eros. She is the wife of the ugliest of the gods, Hephaestus.

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Statue of Artemis, from the temple of Artemis at Ephesus
Statue of Artemis, from the temple of the Greek goddess Artemis at Ephesus. CC Flickr User levork

Artemis, the sister of Apollo and daughter of Zeus and Leto, is the Greek virgin goddess of the hunt who also assists in childbirth. She comes to be associated with the moon.

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Athena at the Carnegie Museum
The Greek goddess Athena at the Carnegie Museum. CC Flickr User Sabbath Photography

Athena is the patron goddess of Athens, the Greek goddess of wisdom, a goddess of crafts, and as a war goddess, an active participant in the Trojan War. She gave Athens the gift of the olive tree, providing oil, food, and wood.

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Demeter Statue at the Prado Museum in Madrid. 3r C A.D. Roman copy of Greek original.
Greek goddess Demeter Statue at the Prado Museum in Madrid. 3rd C A.D. Roman copy from a Greek original made for the Eleusis sanctuary c. 425-420 B.C. CC Flickr User Zaqarbal

Demeter is a Greek goddess of fertility, grain, and agriculture. She is pictured as a mature motherly figure. Although she is the goddess who taught mankind about agriculture, she is also the goddess responsible for creating winter and a mystery religious cult.

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Hera
Hera the Queen of the Greek gods and goddesses. CC Flickr User clairity

Hera is the queen of the Greek gods and the wife of Zeus. She is the Greek goddess of marriage and is one of the childbirth goddesses.

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Hestia - Greek Goddess of the Hearth

The Giustiniani Hestia in O. Seyffert, Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, 1894
The Giustiniani Hestia. Public Domain. From O. Seyffert, Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, 1894.

The Greek goddess Hestia has power over altars, hearths, town halls and states. In return for a vow of chastity, Zeus assigned honor to Hestia in human homes.