During my Greek Mythology class my professor told us to draw one mythological God or Hero. Most of my classmates choose to draw the popular one like Perseus, Zeus, Hercules, Aphrodite. While Me I choose to draw Hera. Because I find her very intriguing.
A young beautiful woman, said to be the most beautiful of all goddesses, even beating out Aphrodite.
Interesting Fact: Hera is said to restore her virginity each year by bathing in Kanathos, a sacred spring. One tale suggests Hera used magic to force Zeus into marrying her in a secret ceremony. Given some of Zeus’s later behavior, perhaps it was a secret even from him. Other tales have Zeus seducing her, in the form of a damp cuckoo bird seeking refuge in her lap during a storm.
The Story of Argus – sometimes I think the origin of these being are from another world or may be an alien being. Argus has a special ability to see everything around him like a modern CCTV surveillance cameras. No matter how strong and fast his opponent he can always telegraph an attack. He can evade and do a counter attack.
Hera almost caught Zeus with a mistress named Io, a fate avoided by Zeus turning Io into a beautiful white heifer. However, Hera was not completely fooled and demanded that Zeus give her the heifer as a present.
Once Io was given to Hera, she placed her in the charge of Argus to keep her separated from Zeus. Zeus then commanded Hermes to kill Argus, Hermes, disguised as a shepherd, first put all of Argus’s eyes asleep with spoken charms, and then slew him by hitting him with a stone, the first stain of bloodshed among the new generation of gods. In Ovid’s interpolation, when Hera learned of Argus’ death, she took his eyes and placed them in the plumage of the peacock, accounting for the eye pattern in its tail 39. Hera then sent a gadfly Greek oistros, compare oestrus to sting Io as she wandered the earth. Eventually Io settled in Egypt, where according to Ovid she became the Egyptian goddess Isis.