was married to Jupiter. She was the queen of all the gods, and also the goddess of
In Greek myth, Hera often behaves as
a dangerously jealous, petty queen of the heavens, who is
not nice at all, and spends a great deal of her time getting even,
whether the slights are imagined or real.
But in Roman mythology, Juno was the
beloved goddess of marriage, worshipped as a housewife and mother and
matron. Although Juno watched over all Roman women, her special
concern was Roman married women.
Juno's temples were mostly in Rome.
Every March 1st, there was a big festival in ancient Rome, to honor
Juno. It was a very serious affair. Roman women counted on Juno
to watch out for them.
Although the Romans enjoyed the Greek
myths about Queen Hera, they treated some of these myths with a
"not much truth in them really, but aren't they fun" kind of
Still, even the best of wives get
jealous now and then. Some of the tales did wander their way into
Juno, and Little Io - Roman myth
more about the Greek Goddess, Hera
Roman Gods & Goddesses
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