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Jenna Coleman as Hebe

Goddess of youth

Hebe was the personification of youth and immortality. Her name means youth or prime of life. She was the cup bearer who served nectar to the Olympian Gods to give them everlasting youth.

Hebe was the divine daughter of Zeus and Hera, making her a full sibling to the likes of Ares, Hephaestus and Eris. Whilst Ares and Hephaestus were given the privileged rank of one of the Twelve Olympians, Hebe was relegated to a more minor role. Hebe is mainly seen as the goddess of youth. She is also the keeper of the Fountain of Youth and she is (or in other myths, was) the cupbearer of the gods. She is sometimes said to be the patron of brides, as well as the goddess of forgiveness and immortality. Hebe also had other roles in Ancient Greece, though and she was also one of the goddesses of the wedding ceremony, and would attend weddings alongside Hera, Aphrodite and Harmonia. Hebe was also said to be an attendant to her mother, Hera, and also her brother, Ares. Hebe was given the responsibility of making sure Hera’s chariot was prepared for the goddess; and Hebe was also responsible for bathing and dressing Ares.

Hebe’s most famous role though, was as cup-bearer to the gods on Mount Olympus. It was the goddess’ role to provide the ambrosia and nectar for the other gods. This role is famously one that was also undertaken by Ganymede, the Trojan prince and lover of Zeus. There is debate about whether Ganymede succeeded Hebe or whether the two acted in unison, but it is often said that Hebe gave up her role of cup-bearer when she was wed. Hebe was famously wed to the Greek hero Heracles upon his ascension to Mount Olympus. Heracles was a demi-god, the son of Zeus and the mortal Alcmene, but was granted immortality as he lay burning on a funeral pyre. Hera had been a life-long enemy of Heracles, initially angered by his mere conception. With Heracles on Mount Olympus, a reconciliation took place; whether this reconciliation occurred because the hero was marrying Hera’s daughter, or whether the wedding took place because a reconciliation had already occurred, varies between historical sources. Heracles and Hebe lived together on Mount Olympus, and would become parents to two twin sons, the minor gods Alexiares and Anicetus. The sons, along with their father, would subsequently become the physical protectors of Mount Olympus.

The most prominent myth about Hebe, would be Euripides' play Heracleidae. Hebe granted Iolaus' his wish to become young again for a day in order to fight Eurystheus. Hebe was reluctant to do so at first, but after Themis assured her that it would be just, she obliged, and lolaus enjoyed one more day of youth in his old age. Iolaus charged into battle as a healthy young man, and came out victorious.


Generous - Hebe is a very generous and kind goddess, having granted Iolaus (her husband's friend and nephew) renewed youth so that he could fight Eurystheus.

Uncharismatic - She has less charisma than many of the Greek Goddesses, relying on her gifts to get attention.

Clumsy - She was also said to be clumsy.

Sacred Symbols and Animals

Chalice - A decorated cup. This was her symbol because she filled all the gods' chalice's with nectar.

Fountain of youth - In mythology, the Fountain of Youth is a special fountain that can only be summoned by Hebe. The water that ran inside of it could make any person forever young.

Lettuce - This is because sometimes it is said that Hera became impregnated with Hebe only be eating lettuce.

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Greek Mythology Wikia/Hebe
Camp Half blood Wiki/Hebe

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