Hera, Demeter, and Hestia are said to have fought alongside their brothers Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades in the war against the Titans.

To the modern imagination, it's easy to picture Demeter functioning like DC's Poison Ivy in a fight, commanding plants and vines against her enemies. Similarly, Hestia was a fire goddess, so her utility in combat isn't difficult to understand. Hera is a little more vague, being almost entirely domestic in her domain, though she prepares for battle alongside Athena in the Iliad before being stopped by Zeus, implying that she's decent with weapons.

But these are all deductions. Are there any explicit accounts of those three goddesses engaging in direct combat of any kind against mortals or supernatural beings, anywhere in Greek mythology?


The three goddesses aren't weak. They do fight with their brothers during battles... but there is an exception for Hestia. Since she is the goddess of the hearth and she wanted peace instead of violence, she talks it out instead of fighting.

If you read the beginning where the siblings fight with the titans, where Zeus is waging a war against Kronos, your answer would appear.

Direct combat is not really Hera's style, she used devious plans to kill off Zeus's girlfriends with 101 ways of death. I don't see why she should ever need a sword.

Demeter, on the other hand, uses combat. Why? She used it to lop off any flirters or anyone that takes fancy of her.

As I said, Hestia is more like an indoor type of goddess that tends the warmth of fireplaces and creates a sense of peace throughout the world.

Source: Greek Gods by Rick Riordan.

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    Hey, welcome to Stack Mythology! This is a site designed for discussions of real mythology, based on sources from the actual cultures involved. Unfortunately, Rick Riordan is a fiction writer. He's done a lot to popularize Greek mythology for modern audiences, but his books include a ton of stories and details that he made up himself. He's not a credible source for discussions of real Greek mythology. Do you have any Greek sources for this info? – Nerrolken Apr 29 at 16:38
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