Hera, in Greek mythology, the queen of the gods, sister and wife of Zeus, and daughter of Kronos and Rhea. She was said to have been born at Argos or Samos, and in the latter island her marriage was thought to have taken place, whence the epithet sometimes applied to her of Samian. In each of these spots she had temples, and wras a special object of worship. She is represented as obdurate and jealous, and often visited with her wrath the various objects of her husband's wayward amours, for instance, Latona, Semele, Alcmene, and lo. She hated and persecuted Hercules, and aided the Greeks in the Trojan War. She is often represented with a crescent, and her most usual accompaniments are Iris, the peacock, the goose, and the cuckoo, or one or more of them. Her festival, the Heraea, was held at Argos every five years.