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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Books edition of The Iliad published in 1998.).
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.
...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)
...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)
...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)
...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)