I have many different sacred animals and symbols. For example the pomegranate which represented fertility. My most well-known sacred animals include what is now known as a peacock, lion, cuckoo, and cow. Zeus fell in love with Io while we were married so I asked him to bring her to me. When he did this I turned her into a cow. I then gave the cow to Argos (my servant) who had one hundred eyes all over his body. Zeus felt bad for Io so he ordered the messenger Hermes to kill Argos. Hermes played the flute to hypnotize Argos and he then killed him with a stone. However, of course I was one step ahead of my husband and I had taken Argos eyes out already. I then transferred Argos eyes to the feathers in a peacock’s tail to honor him.
My life has been very complicated and hectic from the minute I was born. I was born on the Greek Island of Samos. Before my siblings and I were born Ge and Ouranos told my father, Kronos, that he would be overthrown by his very own son. Therefore, I and my siblings were swallowed by our father right after birth. He did this to ensure that one of his sons could not ove...
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... the feud between Hercules and I. Hercules is not my son yet he is Zeus’ because Zeus had an affair with a mortal named Alcmene. One day Zeus declared that the next child of his blood would rule Mykenai. So I tried to slow down the birth of Hercules by practically killing his mother. Meanwhile I tried to speed the birth if Eurystheus. Sadly I failed and Hercules was born first. This of course angered me. When Hercules was born I sent snakes to his crib to attack him and later in his life I made him go mad which drove him to murder his own children.
Although my husband was constantly unreliable and not loyal to me I stood by his side. I was known for my temper and I have conducted revenge on my enemies and their offspring. I had a rough start to my life but the life of royalty later on. Not only that but throughout my life I was a great leader and a very loyal spouse.
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