Hera was the sister and wife of Zeus. She was raised by Ocean and Tethys. Considered as a guardian of women and goddess of marriage, she was stern and jealous, and often angry because of her husband's numerous affairs with other women. Most stories about Hera describe her acts of revenge for her husband's infidelities.
The deceitful way Zeus tricked Hera into marrying him was an omen of the discord that continued throughout their marriage. After courting Hera to no avail, Zeus resorted to trickery by changing into a disheveled cuckoo. Hera took pity on the bird, holding it to her breast to keep it warm. Zeus then reverted to his normal form, and took advantage of Hera's surprise by raping her. Hera then married Zeus as a way to hide her shame.
Hera's sacred animals are the cow and the peacock. Argos is Hera's favorite city.