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Juno
Goddess of marriage and childbirth
Member of the Capitoline Triad
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Juno Sospita, a plaster cast based on an original in the Vatican Museums
Other names Regina ("Queen")
Personal information
Consort Jupiter
Children Mars, Vulcan, Bellona, Juventas
Parents Saturn
Siblings Jupiter, Neptune, Pluto, Vesta, Ceres
Greek equivalent Hera
Etruscan equivalent Uni

Juno was an ancient Roman goddess, the protector and special counselor of the state. A daughter of Saturn, she is the wife of Jupiter and the mother of Mars, Vulcan, Bellona and Juventas.

She is the Roman equivalent of Hera, queen of the gods in Greek mythology; like Hera, her sacred animal was the peacock. Her Etruscan counterpart was Uni, and she was said to also watch over the women of Rome. As the patron goddess of Rome and the Roman Empire, Juno was called Regina ("Queen") and was a member of the Capitoline Triad (Juno Capitolina), centered on the Capitoline Hill in Rome; it consisted of her, Jupiter, and Minerva, goddess of wisdom. Juno is the patroness of marriage, and many people believe that the most favorable time to marry is June, the month named after the goddess.

Juns history is one of the most complex and disputed issues in Roman religion. Even more than other major Roman deities, Juno held a large number of significant and diverse names and titles representing various aspects and roles of the goddess. While her connection with the idea of vital force, fullness of vital energy, eternal youthfulness is now generally acknowledged, the variety and complexity of her personality has given rise to various interpretations among modern scholars.

Juno's own warlike aspect among the Romans is apparent in her attire. She is often shown armed and wearing a goatskin cloak. The traditional depiction of this warlike aspect was assimilated from the Greek goddess Athena, who bore a goatskin, or a goatskin shield, called the 'aegis'.

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