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In Ancient Greek religion, Hestia ({{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}}; Ancient Greek: Ἑστία{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}, "hearth" or "fireside") is a virgin goddess of the hearth, architecture, and the right ordering of domesticity, the family, and the state. In Greek mythology she is a daughter of Cronus and Rhea.<ref name="Graves">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>

Hestia received the first offering at every sacrifice in the household. In the public domain, the hearth of the prytaneum functioned as her official sanctuary. With the establishment of a new colony, flame from Hestia's public hearth in the mother city would be carried to the new settlement. She sat on a plain wooden throne with a white woolen cushion and did not trouble to choose an emblem for herself.<ref name="Graves"/> Her Roman equivalent is Vesta.<ref name=Lar>Hughes, James. (1995). Larousse Desk Reference Encyclopedia, p. 215. Larousse/The Book People.</ref>


Hestia sections
Intro   Origins and cults    Myths and attributes   The Hestia Tapestry  Genealogy of the Olympians in Greek mythology  See also  References and sources  External links  

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