Top 10 Ancient Greek Goddesses

Most of us are well aware of those astounding heroics of ancient Greek gods. But the goddesses from ancient Greek mythology are none lesser at all both in terms of popularity and symbolic significance. Just like the Olympian gods, most of the ancient Greek goddesses resided in the realms of heavens above mount Olympus (though there were quite a few exceptions too). The goddess too had special powers and could also control specific aspects of life. From the motherly Rhea who dared to trick her own husband to save her children, to the queen of gods Hera or the goddess of wisdom Athena who was much revered by the gods and mortals alike, the ancient Greek goddesses were as much of a divine force to be reckoned with as were the gods. Here is a list of top 10 ancient Greek Goddesses.

10. Hestia

Hestia Greek goddesses

Also known as the ancient Greek goddess of hearth, Hestia was the eldest among the first Olympian siblings – her brothers being Zeus, Poseidon and Hades. It is believed that there were three virgin goddesses in the ancient Greek mythology and Hestia was one of them – the other two being Athena and Artemis. Poseidon and Apollo relentlessly pursued her since they both desired to marry her. But she kept her oath she had made to Zeus that she would forever remain pure and undefiled and thus never went into a marital union with a man.

She symbolized the warmth a house received from the burning fire in the hearth. Most of the ancient Greeks believed her to be the divine representation of tranquility in a normal domestic life. Despite this, historical and archaeological evidences show that her pilgrimage never took off. In fact, it is even said that she was removed from the Olympian gods, her place given to Dionysus. And in many ways, her Roman counterpart Vesta was far more influential since she represented the coalition between the various colonies and the major cities in the Roman era.

9. Hebe

Hebe Greek Godess

The youngest daughter of Zeus and Hera, Hebe was considered the godly personification of ever-lasting youth and beauty. Being the mistresses of elegance and charm that never seemed to fade away, she is labeled as the goddess of youth in the Greek mythology. Her name itself means “youth” in the Greek dialect and many believed she could even restore the youthfulness back into the old.

Her role on Mount Olympus was to serve the nectar that made the Olympian gods immortal.

Despite being worshiped as a deity who could bless with youthfulness, she was more involved in the daily chores at Olympus – like being the handmaiden to Queen Hera and even preparing the royal chariot. She later married the much popular demigod Hercules and had two children with him – Alexiares and Anicetus.

8. Nemesis

Nemesis ancient Greek Godess

As the name would suggest, Nemesis was the god of retribution. She would carry out judgment to inflict punishment upon those who would perpetrate evil deeds against others or amass good fortune that they never deserved. Also known as the god of revenge, she represented the consequences one had to face for his every single felony. For this reason, many worshiped her as the very personification of all repercussions that one had to live through after being the sore point of general resentment for all their sins.

Nemesis was never known to judge crime and criminals over a personal vendetta. She would rather scrutinize the very status of every man before ruling out what one shall receive – a shade of happiness or mounds of retribution. Her actions were aimed at maintaining a balance within the human affairs. She was the one who distributed glee and, at the same time, dealt misery. It was her job to make sure that there was neither too much happiness nor too much sorrow.

7. Leto

Leto and her children greek goddess

Leto was one of the earliest and, as many would argue, the favorite lover of the mighty Zeus. But she is known far more for all her struggling years of motherhood and is also considered as the goddess of motherhood. Zeus and Leto were deep in affair and Leto had already conceived his children much before Zeus got married to Hera. But that did not lessen Hera’s anguish as she went through all ends to bring utter despair upon a pregnant and helpless Leto.

Eventually, Leto was able to give birth to the twin deities Artemis and Apollo. Having two such powerful gods are her children, Leto had her lost honor avenged in due time, and both Artemis and Apollo glorified their status in the Greek mythology. Amid all her hardships, her cult began to spread as she wandered places together with her children. At the end, she successfully carved her name in the Greek mythology as a modest, motherly and respectful figure.

6. Rhea

Rhea ancient goddess of greek

A popular deity in the age of titans, Rhea was the wife of Kronos – another titan who dethroned his father Uranus to become the new ruler, effectively making Rhea the queen. Rhea is known to have given birth to the first generation of Olympian gods – Hestia, Hades, Poseidon, Hera and Zeus being her children. For this reason, she is often called the mother of gods – a title far more deserving than her predecessor goddesses like Gaea and Cybele.

She further strengthened the given title when she gathered much needed courage to trick her own husband Kronos in order to save her children. In his utter paranoia that his children might dethrone him, Kronos would gobble up his every single new born. In her ultimate effort to put stop to this lunacy, Rhea gave him a stone to swallow instead of Zeus when he was born. Kronos ended up throwing up all the children he had swallowed and thus Rhea was able to revive the first of Olympian gods.

5. Aphrodite

Aphrodite the greek goddess of love

Popular in the Greek mythology as the most beautiful deity whose angelic appearance could allure even the most robust and dignified hearts, she possessed the title of goddess of beauty, love and desire. Besides her astounding beauty, she also had the power to infatuate love and desire among gods, mortals and even birds and beasts. She was also said to have a role in the natural cycle of birth, death and rebirth of all mortals and living beings in the nature.

She is known to be the daughter of Zeus, though the stories behind her birth diverge according to the depiction of ancient Greek narrators. Worried that her captivating charm would enchant a lot of unnecessary commotion among gods, Zeus had her married to Hephaestus, the legendary craftsman among Olympians. But that did not stop her from having a not so secret love affair with the god of war Ares. Aphrodite remained the divine personification of all desire and affection that binds everyone together.

4. Demeter

Demeter godess of harvest of grain

She was the daughter of the two prominent titans Kronos and Rhea. Being the goddess of harvest and grain, she was given specifically higher stature in the mythology of ancient Greece. Even though she was one of the first Olympian gods, she took a path much different from other contemporary Olympians when the age of Olympus took off. She refused to be confined within the realms of Mount Olympus and went to the temples dedicated to her by the devotees – living close to those who worshiped her, and in many ways depended on her.

She always had a substantial following among mortals since she had the power to bless them with better harvest and agriculture. She created seasons that were favorable for plantation. But when Hades abducted her beloved daughter Persephone and took her to the underworld, she went into a state of immense gloom and sorrow, causing the plants to wither and die. Then onward, whenever Persephone would leave for the underworld, the season of winter would fall in the world of mortals and Persephone’s return to Demeter would mark the beginning of spring.

3. Artemis

Artemis greek goddess

The twin sister of Apollo and the love child of Zeus and Leto, Artemis is popularly known as the goddess of hunt and natural environment among other things. Where Apollo much preferred playing with the strings of lyre, she far more enjoyed plucking the strings of her bow and established herself as a gifted archer and skilled huntress. When she was born, she was capable enough to assist her mother Leto to then give birth to her brother Apollo and rightfully earned the title of protector of childbirth and labor.

Having seen all the harshness her mother had to go through for having mothered the love children of Zeus, she vowed to practice eternal chastity for all her life and remained a virgin forever. For this reason, she was also called the goddess of virginity – a rather neat trick for she was also the goddess of child birth. She never gave in to approaches from gods and mortal alike with love interests. But it is said she eventually fell for her hunting companion Orion who sadly was accidentally killed untimely by Artemis herself or Gaea.

2. Hera

Hera Greek

Also known as the goddess of marriage and birth, Hera was the wife of Zeus and by that extension, also the queen of all gods. Being the divine representation of marriage, she always showed special interest in protecting married women and preserving the sacred bond that kindled when two souls would bind in a marital relation. But she had particularly tough time putting a hook on Zeus for he had far more love affairs outside his marriage than one could care to count.

To be fair to her, she ruled over the heavens and the mortal world far before her marriage to Zeus. Even the mighty Zeus feared her. She was particularly vicious towards all of his love interests and would go to all ends to get them punished. So much so that she would not even spare their children. In her absolute anger and anguish over Zeus’s never ending affairs, she would blindly punish others in the name of justice. The queen of gods was destined to remain forever jealous and plotting revenge upon Zeus’ love interests.

1. Athena

Athena Greek God

At the top comes the goddess of wisdom, reasoning and intelligence – Athena. As much unique she was as a deity with unfathomable popularity among the gods and the mortals, her birth was far more unique given she was not bore by her mother (technically speaking). Her to-be-mother was Metis, who was swallowed by Zeus while she was pregnant because of a prophecy that the child Metis was going to bore would become the lord of heavens. But when it was time for Athena to born, Zeus started complaining of a massive headache. And then she sprang out of his head full grown and in armor.

Athena was known for her ferocity in battles but unlike Ares, she never displayed hotheadedness and always believed in fighting for restore justice and righteousness. She only took part in wars fought in defense of her state from outside attacks. She was the divine personification of reasoning, wisdom and knowledge. No wonder she was Zeus’ favorite child and was even allowed to use his powerful thunderbolt whenever the need arose. The sheer scale of influence she had on the mortal world is evident from that the name “Athens” took the same root as that of “Athena”.

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Final Conclusion

The Greek goddesses represented the feminine aspect of ancient Greek mythology. At the same time, each individual goddess also personified the different aspects of life. Demeter was the divine embodiment of agriculture and harvest, thus by extension she represented the life sustaining food. Similarly, despite being notorious for her heartless ferocity towards Zeus’ love interests, Hera did epitomize the significance and sacred value of a marital bond. These goddesses not only justified their status as a member of Olympian fraternity courtesy of their own angelic personas but also equally complimented their male counterparts with their divine presence.

38 thoughts on “Top 10 Ancient Greek Goddesses”

  1. leto is not a goddess. she is a daughter of a titan. and BTW the stone bust of her is actually the ROMAN version of her.

    • Yeah! Why do you have to be so rude? If you need to make corrections, at LEAST do it in a NICE AND PROPER way. And if you don’t like the information, then keep your abusive thoughts to YOURSELF, rather than share them with the world.

      • I think you misunderstand the concept of abuse.

        Anyways, it is important to correct misinformation on websites such as these, so that the info is not spread. It would be pretty tragic if a college student taking Mythology classes included Leto as a Greek goddess in a graded presentation or assignment.

        Wouldn’t you agree?

        I think your comment is actually even ruder than the first one, seeing as you are calling the writer both rude and abusive, which no one likes to be called, while they just point out mistakes they noticed in the article.
        You are also telling them to not share their thoughts with the world, which is pretty suppressive.

    • She is the daughter of a titan. Therefore she would be a goddess. Zeus is the son of Kronos,and he is a god. So is Posiedon, Hades, Hestia, and many, many others. How about you stop being so rude and just polietly just state what you believe.

    • Yeah Leto is not a Godess but she is a titan but the Romans made her a godess. Thank you for reading this on you’re on time!

      • Exactly what I was thinking! She may be a titan but, being a lover of Zeus she MUST be goddess and the others made her one too!

    • Hestia, Hera, Hades, Posideon and Zeus were all children of titans as well. Does this mean that they also were not gods and goddesses?

    • You know there are many ways of correcting something and you didn’t do it right
      You could’ve said

      As I have been taught , Leto is not a goddes she was a daughter of a titan and the stone statue is the Roman version or her.

      See its the same thing it just is worded differently to make it seem less harmless , think in a world full of people be a kind person , it doesn’t take much effort and trust me when you realise people who are mean to you must be mean to them back , when you become nice they will too

  2. I think that Hera should be number 1 and athena number 2 because Hera is the queen of Zeus and Zeus follows her orders but athena is just the goddess of wisdom and Zeus’s sister Hera is the most important goddess of them all so if anybody is at the top it should really be Hera

    • the position of power is not what matters is what they DO that does sure Hera’s the queen but acording to the books all she did with her power is punish Zeus’s lover’s but on the other hand there’s Athena she actually does something like fighting all the wars that happened in that time period shes not the goddess of War& Wisdom for nothing. People think that just because Hera is queen that she’s great and she is in her own way but in my personal oppinion she cant beat out Athena

    • The reason Athena is no. 1 is bcuz she is Zeus’s Favourite daughter and most people rely on her during war. Besides she is the goddess of wisdom and Athens is named after her.

    • Well, just Hera is Zeus’ wife it doesn’t mean she shows she is the best, it is an honor to be Zeus’ wife but, where is the honor for everything aside that.

    • I hate Hera. I mean seriously, Leto and Zeus were having an affair before Zeus and Hera were even married. Plus, not that I’m sticking up for Zeus, but they are all immortal, at one point or another you’re going to be dishonest. Athena is more than just the goddess of wisdom, and that’s something amazing to be the goddess of, but also of battle strategy. Without her, most of the ancient Greek gods battles wold have been lost because the fighting wouldn’t have been rational.

      • i agree with annabeth.hera is a condescending intefering low life and is wrought with is my order.
        1.hestia cos she actually does what she is supposed to
        2.artemis cos she controls her brother and aticks to her morals
        3.persephone cos she puts up with hades
        4..athena cos she wins wars
        5.aphrodite cos without her the world would be trash
        6.nemesis cos she keeps order
        7.leto cos she stuck to her cards and gave birth to twins
        8.demeter cos she made fruit
        9.hebe cos she makes everything youthful
        10.enyo cos she fights in wars

    • Tbh, I think Artemis deserves to be #1, but that really is just my opinion. Hera was snobby in Greek myths and Athena was not the goddess of war, Enyo is. Athena is goddess of War Strategy. She doesn’t actually fight. No offence Athena but you’re kind of a wuss. Again, My opinion. Artemis has the right to be on top because she was kind and she did the right thing to not marry or fall in love. I would totally be a Huntress if Artemis. I would totally follow in her footsteps. Don’t send any hate on me, it’s my opinion, not anyone else’s.

  3. Well, tho it’s not ac”goddess’s name” or even a “deity”; my name is Danae. Very ironically, my mother had no knowledge of the Greek mythology ties when naming me .

    (Danae pronounced duh-nay)

  4. In terms of power…Athena is on top. Hera’s influence is tied to the fact that she is married to Zeus. Her marriage is supposed to set an example to the mortals who worship tge gods and who can blame her when Zeus violate this by having multiple affairs. My own favorite is Hestia. There are little to no stories about her and that is because she minds her own business…and is not petty, jealous and vindictive like her compatriots.

  5. Nice list :) my favorite is still forever and always going to be Persephone. Goddess of Spring and Queen of the Underworld, Homer described her as this formidable and venerable Queen. She’s this juxtaposition of life and death and rebirth. The epitome of fierce femininity.

  6. Titan is one of 12 primeval deities. The female Titan is also called Titaness.

    Sort if Sort doesn’t mark send , if it doesn’t reply to this comment and I’ll go I’ll detail

  7. Because Greek myths are very interesting and the way the stories were created explains everything in the world so yea :)

  8. One can understand Hera’s jealousy and vindictiveness. She is the goddess of marriage and matrimony and her marriage to Zeus was to be a divine example to the mortals on Earth. His constant philandering is basically a slap in her face. But the Greek Gods basically live with the motto of “do as i say not as I do”.

    Personally, I think Hestia should rank higher. She is the only major Olympian goddess who do what she is supposed to do: mind her own business instead of stirring up trouble and drama.

  9. Metis should be first. Although she did not appear much after being swallowed by Zeus, she was the one who helped Zeus to overthrow Kronos and become the King of All Gods. Without her, Zeus wouldn’t be able to do it

  10. Hecate should be on here as well. She helped Demeter find Persephone and is the goddess of witchcraft, magic and the crossroads. Also, she is admired by Zeus and helped in the war between the Olympians and Titans. She sided with the Olympians.

  11. Never did I think y’all would get so aggressive. Calm down and make a valid and polite argument, and it will save all of us some trouble. Leto is a goddess, as are the 12 Olympian gods. Just because she does not live on Olympus and is not one of the 12 Olympian gods does not mean she is not a goddess in her own right.

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