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HESTIA: THE EPITHETS 


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EPITHETS OF ÆSTÍA
(Abbreviations may be found on this page: Glossary Home Page)

This list of titles of the Goddess Æstía (Hestia; Gr. Ἑστία) includes all of the epithets found in Orphic Hymn 84 and more, gathered from various sources. There are not very many epithets for the Goddess. The transliteration method used in this list is Reuchlinian and unique to this website where the emphasis is primarily on pronunciation, but to avoid confusion there are separate entries using the more familiar Erasmian spellings found in English and American universities.

Äídios - (Aïdios; Gr. ἀΐδιος, ΑΙΔΙΟΣ) Æstía is ÄídiosEternal. (Orphic Hymn 84.6)

Basileia - See Vasíleia.

Bulaea - See Voulaia.

Daughter of lovely-haired Rǽa - (Gr. Ρέα εὔκομος θυγάτηρ, ΡΕΑ ΕΥΚΟΜΟΣ ΘΥΓΑΤΗΡ) The Goddess Æstía is daughter of lovely-haired Rǽa (Rhea; Gr. Ρέα).

Khlöómorphos - (chloömorphus; Gr. χλοόμορφος, ΧΛΟΟΜΟΡΦΟΣ. Etym. χλόος "green" + μορφή "form.") Æstía is khlöómorphosverdant
(Orphic Hymn 84.6)

Polýmorphos - (Gr. πολύμορφος, ΠΟΛΥΜΟΡΦΟΣ) Æstía is polýmorphosmulti-formed(Orphic Hymn 84.6)

Polýolvos - (polyolbus; Gr. πολύολβος, ΠΟΛΥΟΛΒΟΣ) Æstía is polýolvosrich in blessings. (Inscrip. on Egyptian tapestry, 6th century including a depiction and the name of the Goddess.)
- Lexicon entry: πολύολβοςονvery wealthy, of persons and countries; sumptuousexpensiveII. Act., rich in blessings. (L&S, edited for simplicity.)

Potheinotáti - (potheinotate; Gr. ποθεινοτάτη, ΠΟΘΕΙΝΟΤΑΤΗ) Æstía is potheinotátibeloved(Orphic Hymn 84.6)

Prytaneia - (Prutaneia; Gr. Πρυτανεία, ΠΡΥΤΑΝΕΙΑ) Lexicon entry: πρῠτᾰνεία (B), , fem. of πρυτάνειος, title of Ἑστία at Syros. (L&S p. 1543, left column, within the entries beginning with πρυτανάρχης.)

Vasíleia - (Basileia; Gr. βασίλεια, ΒΑΣΙΛΕΙΑ) Æstía is VasíleiaQueen(Orphic Hymn 84.1)

Voulaia - (Bulaea; Gr. βουλαία, ΒΟΥΛΑΙΑ) Lexicon entry: βουλαῖοςαον, (βουλήof the council, epith. of certain Gods as having statues in the Council Chamber τὴν Ἑστίαν ἐπώμοσε τὴν β. Aeschin.2.45; of Zeus and Athena; of Artemis; Themis. (L&S p. 324, right column, edited for simplicity.)


The story of the birth of the GodsOrphic Rhapsodic Theogony.
We know the various qualities and characteristics of the Gods based on metaphorical stories: Mythology
Dictionary of terms related to ancient Greek mythology: Glossary of Hellenic Mythology.

Introduction to the Thæí (the Gods): The Nature of the Gods.


The logo to the left is the principal symbol of this website. It is called the CESS logo, i.e. the Children of the Earth and the Starry Sky. The Pætilía (Petelia; Gr. Πετηλία) and other golden tablets having this phrase are the inspiration for the symbol. The image represents this idea: Earth (divisible substance) and the Sky (continuous substance) are the two kozmogonic substances. The twelve stars represent the Natural Laws, the dominions of the Olympian Gods. In front of these symbols is the seven-stringed kithára (cithara; Gr. κιθάρα), the lyre of Apóllohn (Apollo; Gr. Ἀπόλλων). It (here) represents the bond between Gods and mortals and is representative that we are the children of Orphéfs (Orpheus; Gr. Ὀρφεύς).




PLEASE NOTE: Throughout the pages of this website, you will find fascinating stories about our Gods. These narratives are known as mythology, the traditional stories of the Gods and Heroes. While these tales are great mystical vehicles containing transcendent truth, they are symbolic and should not be taken literally. A literal reading will frequently yield an erroneous result. The meaning of the myths is concealed in code. To understand them requires a key. For instance, when a God kills someone, this usually means a transformation of the soul to a higher level. Similarly, sexual union with a God is a transformation.


The story of the birth of the Gods: Orphic Rhapsodic Theogony.
We know the various qualities and characteristics of the Gods based on metaphorical stories: Mythology.
Dictionary of terms related to ancient Greek mythology: Glossary of Hellenic Mythology.


SPELLING: HellenicGods.org uses the Reuchlinian method of pronouncing ancient Greek, the system preferred by scholars from Greece itself. An approach was developed to enable the student to easily approximate the Greek words. Consequently, the way we spell words is unique, as this method of transliteration is exclusive to this website. For more information, visit these three pages:



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