In Ancient Roman mythology, Juno carried a dynamic and noteworthy role among the Gods and people in Rome.
Old Romans believed that Juno was the daughter of Saturn and the wife of Jupiter, who was known as the King of Gods.
Together with Minerva and Jupiter, Juno was considered by the Romans as the three original Gods of their city.
A temple was built in their honor at the Capitoline Hill, which is one of the Seven Hills of Rome that is closely linked with eternity.
According to multiple historians, the Romans adopted Juno from the Greek goddess of love and marriage, Hera.
Even though the Romans enjoyed the stories and myths about Hera, they treated some of these stories as unreliable which resulted in them to change her personality.
While the Greeks viewed her as a dangerously-jealous and petty queen, the Romans regarded Juno as the beloved goddess of marriage and were worshipped by Roman women to guide them in their daily undertakings.
Juno is also equipped with a lot of epithets which defined her numerous roles in Ancient mythology as a protector of the Roman people but she is widely recognized for presiding over the aspects of women’s lives.
Among her popular epithets include Juno Sospita which primarily refers to Juno’s duty as a protector of those women who is awaiting the impending birth of their child.
In most cases, Juno Sospita is depicted as someone with goatskin that carries a spear and a shield to protect women from negative spirits. Likewise, Juno Sospita was also the patron Goddess of Lanuvium, which is a popular city located in the southeast of Rome.
Juno Lucina, on the other hand, is another popular role of Juno. It was widely believed that Juno Lucina was responsible for bringing every single child into the light and for ensuring the safety of women during childbirth.
Likewise, Juno Lucina was also regarded to be the one responsible for strengthening a child’s bones. In a temple of Juno Lucina, it was necessary that all the knots in the clothing of a woman should be untied to avoid problems in the delivery.