Zeus’ wife and queen of the gods. After Paris does not select her as being the most beautiful goddess, Hera has a passionate hatred of Troy. She conspires to destroy the city, often attempting to do so behind Zeus’ back. In Book 14, she puts Zeus to sleep, allowing the Achaeans to beat back the Trojans.
Hera Quotes in The Iliad
The The Iliad quotes below are all either spoken by Hera or refer to Hera. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:).
Book 16 Quotes
Do as you please, Zeus . . .
but none of the deathless gods will ever praise you…
if you send Sarpedon home, living still, beware!
Then surely some other god will want to sweep
his own son clear of the heavy fighting too.
Hera Character Timeline in The Iliad
The timeline below shows where the character Hera appears in The Iliad. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...and says that helping the Trojans would force him into a fight with his wife Hera, who supports the Achaeans. However, he agrees, and bows his head as a sign of... (full context)
Although Zeus attempted to make his promise to Thetis in secret, Hera has seen everything. She taunts Zeus for trying to make secret plans, and tells him... (full context)
...of all of the gods, attempting to defuse the quarrel between his parents Zeus and Hera. He tells Hera that Zeus is far too strong, and gives a comic speech about... (full context)
Hera sees the Achaeans preparing to sail, and sends Athena to stop them from leaving. Athena... (full context)
...in council on Mt. Olympus, watching events take place in Troy. Zeus begins to taunt Hera, mocking her and Athena for standing by while Aphrodite rescues Paris. He notes that Menelaus... (full context)
Zeus, satisfied with Hera’s offer, agrees to ensure Troy’s destruction. He orders Athena to fly down to the battlefield... (full context)
...that “the man who fights the gods does not live long”. She heals Aphrodite’s wound. Hera and Athena mock Aphrodite, taunting her delicacy. (full context)
Hera and Athena, seeing the Achaeans pushed back, harness Hera’s chariot and put on their armor.... (full context)
...most of all the gods, and that his injury is the will of his mother Hera. Zeus remarks that if Ares were not his son, he would banish him from Olympus.... (full context)
On Olympus, Hera shakes with anger in her desire to help the Achaeans, but Poseidon checks her rage.... (full context)
With Hector in command, the Trojans drive the Achaeans back into their fortifications. Hera and Athena take pity on the Achaeans and curse Hector. They decide to assist the... (full context)
Zeus returns to Olympus and mocks Hera and Athena for their failed efforts. Hera tells Zeus of her pity for the Achaeans,... (full context)
...to Agamemnon’s side and reassures him that the Trojans will be turned back. On Olympus, Hera watches the actions of Poseidon and is pleased. She plots to help her brother by... (full context)
Hera goes to Aphrodite and asks her for a favor. Aphrodite agrees, and Hera tells her... (full context)
Hera flies to Mount Ida, where Zeus is enthroned. Sleep hides nearby in the form of... (full context)
...slumber and sees the catastrophe created in his absence. Feeling pity for Hector, he curses Hera for her disobedience, promising to punish her. Hera, trying to escape blame, swears that she... (full context)
Hera agrees to Zeus’ plan and returns to Olympus. She tells the god Themis about Zeus’... (full context)
...a son of Zeus, and eventually kills him. Zeus considers saving Sarpedon from Patroclus, but Hera scolds him, telling Zeus not to interfere in Sarpedon’s mortal destiny. As a compromise, Zeus... (full context)
...armor forged by Hephaestus. Achilles’ team of horses is readied. As Achilles mounts his chariot, Hera gives voice to his horse Roan Beauty. The horse tells Achilles that he will help... (full context)
Hera, seeing Aeneas approach Achilles, asks Athena and Poseidon to help her give support to the... (full context)
...to the ships. Xanthus calls to the river Simois to help him drown Achilles, but Hera intervenes, calling her son Hephaestus to battle the river with his fire. Under his blaze,... (full context)
...that he will not fight over mortals. Apollo’s sister Artemis calls him a coward, and Hera, overhearing Artemis’ taunt, boxes the goddess’ ears. Artemis and her mother Leto withdraw from the... (full context)
...his body from Achilles. They ask the god Hermes to steal the body away, but Hera, bent on shaming the Trojans, will not allow it because of her hate of all... (full context)
...Hector always respected the gods, and that Achilles has no decency for desecrating his body. Hera counters him, stating that Achilles is the son of a god, and that he and... (full context)