|Parents||Cronus and Rhea|
|Names||Lady of the hearth, mistress of the home|
|Titles||Goddess of agriculture|
Hestia was the goddess of the hearth and the lady of the home.
Hestia was the first born child of the Titans Cronus and Rhea. She was the goddess of the hearth and home, and every household in Greece had a sacrificial flame in her honor. Like Hades, Poseidon, Demeter, and Hera, she was swallowed by Cronus, and spent her childhood inside his stomach, until her brother, Zeus, came and rescued her and her siblings. Because she was the first to be born and swallowed and the last to be to be thrown up by Cronus, she is called both the oldest and the youngest of Cronus' and Rhea's children.
Hestia was a virgin goddess like Artemis and Athena. She was sought after by both Apollo and Poseidon as a wife, but she rejected them and went to Zeus as she knew the rivalry would cause problems. He understood and blessed her oath of virginity.
Hestia remained one of the twelve Olympians until Dionysus was accepted as one of the Twelve Olympians. Hestia, being the most humble Olympian, willingly chose to give up her throne to him, and took to constantly tending the Olympian sacred hearth. Like her mother Rhea, Hestia was kind and at peace, and it prevented the gods from fighting in her presence on Olympus.
A descendant of Zeus named Alacomenus once believed he could reach the goddess by putting his hands through the hearth of his home, only for his hands to be violently burned. Hestia took pity on him, and made it so his children and ancestors would never be harmed by fire. He renamed his town Hestaenum in honor of her.