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Hera

Mythic, worshipped in ancient Greece, dates vary, beginning circa 1600 B.C.E.

Hera, the Greek goddess of marriage, was the wife and sister of Zeus, god of sky and thunder and ruler of Mount Olympus. She was also the mother of Ares. Many legends of Hera recount actions inspired by jealousy of Zeus’ many affairs and illegitimate children, the most famous of which is Herakles and the twelve labors that she forced him to carry out. She was very important to the ancient Greeks, evidenced by the presence of early monumental temples in her honor, most notably in the cities of Samos and Argolid.

Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). <em>The Dinner Party</em> (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography
Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). The Dinner Party (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography

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