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HESTIA: THE EPITHETS 


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EPITHETS OF ÆSTÍA

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 - (aïdius; Gr. ἀΐδιος, ΑΙΔΙΟΣ) eternal. (Orphic Hymn 84.6)

Aïdius – See Äídios.

Basileia - See Vasíleia.

Bulaea - See Voulaia.

Chloömorphus – See Khlöómorphos.

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

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

Polýmorphos - (polymorphus; Gr. πολύμορφος, ΠΟΛΥΜΟΡΦΟΣ) multi-formed. (Orphic Hymn 84.6)

Polyolbus – See Polýolvos.

Polýolvos - (polyolbus; Gr. πολύολβος, ΠΟΛΥΟΛΒΟΣ) rich in blessings. (Inscrip. on Egyptian tapestry, 6th century including a depiction and the name of the Goddess.)

Potheinotáti - (potheinotate; Gr. ποθεινοτάτη, ΠΟΘΕΙΝΟΤΑΤΗ) beloved. (Orphic Hymn 84.6)

Prutaneia – See Prytaneia.

Prytaneia - (Prutaneia; Gr. Πρυτανεία, ΠΡΥΤΑΝΕΙΑ. Fem. of πρυτάνειος.) of the Πρυτάνεις.

Vasíleia - (Basileia; Gr. βασίλεια, ΒΑΣΙΛΕΙΑ) queen. (Orphic Hymn 84.1)

Voulaia - (Bulaea; Gr. βουλαία, ΒΟΥΛΑΙΑ. Fem. of βουλαῖος.) of the council (Βουλή).



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.
How do we know there are Gods? Experiencing 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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