Humanities › History & Culture Goddesses of Greek Mythology Share Flipboard Email Print History & Culture Ancient History and Culture Mythology & Religion Figures & Events Ancient Languages Greece Egypt Asia Rome American History African American History African History Asian History European History Genealogy Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By N.S. Gill Ancient History and Latin Expert M.A., Linguistics, University of Minnesota B.A., Latin, University of Minnesota N.S. Gill is a Latinist, writer, and teacher of ancient history and Latin. She has been featured by NPR and National Geographic for her ancient history expertise. our editorial process N.S. Gill Updated August 19, 2019 In Greek mythology, Greek goddesses frequently interact with mankind, sometimes benevolently, but often ruthlessly. The goddesses epitomize certain prized (ancient) female roles, including virgin and mother. 01 of 06 Aphrodite: Greek Goddess of Love 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. 02 of 06 Artemis: Greek Goddess of the Hunt Andrey Korchagin / Flickr / Public Domain 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. 03 of 06 Athena: Greek Goddess of Wisdom Andy Montgomery / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0 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. 04 of 06 Demeter: Greek Goddess of Grain Luis García / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0 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 mysterious religious cult. 05 of 06 Hera: Greek Goddess of Marriage David Merrett / Flickr / CC BY 2.0 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. 06 of 06 Hestia: Greek Goddess of the Hearth Internet Archive Book Images / Wikimedia Commons / No known copyright restrictions 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.