Hebe was eventually worshiped as a goddess of pardons or forgiveness. Freed prisoners would hang their chains in the sacred grove of her sanctuary at Phlius.
Cup Bearer of the Gods
However, the less ambitious Hebe was replaced by the young Trojan prince Ganymede, her father's male lover.
After her half-brother Heracles was made a god, Hebe became his wife. They had two immortal children: Alexiares and Anicetus.
In Euripides' play Heracleidae, Hebe granted the wish of Iolaus, her husband's friend and nephew, to become young again in order to fight Eurystheus.
Apollo mentions her when seeing her son.
Juventas is Hebe's Roman counterpart. As Juventas, she becomes more disciplined, militaristic, and warlike. For the Greeks, Hebe was not only the goddess of youth and the patroness of brides, but the Romans credited Juventas only for being the goddess of youth. In one hand, she carries the amphora of nectar, and with the other she presents the cup of eternal youthfulness.
Juventas constantly waits upon all the gods at their Olympian banquets, pouring out for them that elixir of eternal life. Everyday the gods drink the nectar to renew their unending youth. In Roman mythology, Juventas received a coin offering from boys when they donned the adult men's toga for the first time.
Juventas is portrayed in works of art as a charming young girl, wearing light garments adorned with roses and a wreath of flowers on her head.
- Hebekinesis: As the Goddess of Youth, Hebe has divine authority and absolute control over youth and rejuvenation.
- Immortality Bestowal: It is possible that Hebe possesses the power to make others immortal.
- Youth Inducement: As revealed in Heracleidae, Hebe has the power to make a person's physical state temporarily return to its younger, more vital state. She granted Iolaus' wish to become young again in order to fight Eurystheus.
- Control of Animals: Like Ganymede, Hebe has control over the sacred animals of her father Zeus, such as the royal eagles.
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The name Hebe comes from a Greek word meaning "youth" or "prime of life."
- Words like hebephilia and hebephernia are derived from her name.
- 6 Hebe, a large asteroid in the Asteroid Belt, is named after her.
- Lettuce and Ivy spring were both plants associated with Hebe.
- A Hebe is a purple plant that originates in New Zealand.
- Hebe is a genus of plants, named after the youth goddess Hebe.
- In myths, Hebe greets heroes on their entrance into Olympus, presenting to them the cup of nectar which immediately restores them to the first bloom of youthfulness and beauty and endows them with immortality as the reward of victorious combats.
- In art, Hebe is usually depicted wearing a sleeveless dress.
- Juventas likewise means "youth," as can be seen in such derivatives as juvenile.
- Words such as juvenile are derivatives from her Roman name, Juventas.
- Her Norse counterpart is Idunn.