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In Greek Mythology, virginal Hestia, (Roman name, Vesta) daughter of Cronus and Rhea is the goddess of the hearth, of the right ordering of demosticity and the family, who 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 public hearth would be carried to the new settlement.
In Roman mythology, her more civic approximate equivalent was Vesta, who personifled the public hearth, and whose cult round the ever-burning hearth bound Romans together in the form of an extended family. At very deep level her name means "home and hearth": the household and its inhabitants. It will be recalled that among classical Greeks the altar was always in the open air with no roof but the sky, and that the oracle at Delphi was the shrine or the Goddess before it was assumed by Apollo. The Mycenaean great hall, such as the hall of Odysseus at Ithaca was a megaron, with a central hearthfire.
Here at the heart of the Ancient city of Athens, an Hestia is waiting for traditional Greek food and beverages.
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