Jupiter's sister. She had three famous brothers, actually - Jupiter,
Neptune, and Pluto. She had two very famous sisters - Juno, queen of the
gods, and Ceres, queen of the harvest. Vesta herself was the
goddess of hearth and home.
The goddess of hearth and home was
certainly an important goddess. Vesta held a seat on the Roman Council
of 12 gods, the Dei
But she was not as important to the
ancient Roman women as she was to the ancient Greek women. Roman women
had far more freedom, especially under the empire. They
were not always home.
But both Roman and Greek
women took comfort in this powerful goddess whose job was to watch over
their hearth and home.