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Museum Masterpieces Hebe And Eagle



Cold Cast Stone

8 1/4" x 4 1/2" x 11 3/4"

Hebe was the goddess of youth, daughter of Zeus and Hera. She served nectar and ambrosia to the Olympians and later married Heracles, with whom she had two children, Alexiares and Anicetus. Her name comes from the Greek word for youth, and it was believed that she had the ability to restore youth. When Iolaus, Heracles' charioteer, was about to fight against Eurystheus, he asked Hebe to become young again for one day. Hebe was reluctant initially, but Themis, the goddess of justice, told her that it would be fair to do it. Thus, Iolaus' wish was granted and he emerged victorious.

She lost her job as a cupbearer of the gods, when she tripped and her dress came undone, thus exposing her breasts. Apollo fired her and she was replaced by Ganymede, Zeus' lover and protege.

Hebe Is also called Juventas, Ganymeda.