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Hestia is a character from ancient Greek mythology (Roman equivalent: Vesta).

She is the goddess of the hearth, gentleness, domesticity and the family. Her name means "home and hearth": the household and its inhabitants.

Hestia symbolizes the alliance by between the colonies and their mother-cities and is the oldest daughter of Rhea and Cronus.

Originally listed as one of the Twelve Olympians[?], she was later removed in favour of Dionysus. Afterwards, she tended the sacred fire on Mt. Olympus. Her altars included every family hearth on earth.

Hestia vowed to forever remain a virgin and refused Poseidon and Apollo when they came calling.

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