Hestia’s hardly there
Hearth and home
Hestia is the Greek god of the house, and especially of the hearth (fireplace) within the house, so she is the god of safety, security, doing your duty, taking care of things.
Hestia and Vesta
Probably even though she is not in very many stories, she was actually a pretty important god. People worshipped her at home. She was part of the ritual of lighting a fire or moving into a new house, or getting married. The Romans had a similar god called Vesta (it’s the same word really). They didn’t make pictures of her, either. The Vestal Virgins were her main priestesses in Rome.
Learn by doing: Greek Gods Bingo
More about Hestia’s sister Demeter
More about Zoroastrian fire worship
D’aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths, by Edgar and Ingri D’Aulaire.
Greek Religion, by Walter Burkert (reprinted 1987). By a leading expert. He has sections on each of the Greek gods, and discusses their deeper meanings, and their function in Greek society.