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Juno was the protector and special counselor of the state. She was a daughter of Saturn and Ops, the wife of Jupiter and the mother of Mars, Vulcan, Bellona, Juventas and Lucina. Juno also looked after the women of Rome. To the ancient Greeks she was known as Hera. Her Etruscan counterpart was Uni.


As the patron goddess of Rome and the Roman Empire, Juno was called Regina ("Queen") and, together with Jupiter and Minerva, was worshipped as a triad on the Capitol (Juno Capitolina) in Rome.

Juno's own warlike aspect among the Romans is apparent in her attire. She often appeared sitting pictured with a peacock armed and wearing a goatskin cloak. The traditional depiction of this warlike aspect was assimilated from the Greek goddess Hera, whose goatskin was called the 'aegis'.