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Source of Good,
You are kind to mortals, and grant every
blessing for generosity pleases You.
Orphic Hymn, ca. 300 BCE – 150 CE
Hestia was the gentle, virgin goddess of the
hearth; the hearths in both private homes and in the temples of every god. As
goddess of the flame she was given the richest portion in every sacrificial
offering. Through her warmth and light, she gave out goodness unceasingly and
was the most honored goddess among her people.
source: Attic Red Figure Vase, ca. 400 BCE