18. Hera’s Jealous Vengeance Also Fell Upon Zeus’ Other Mistress, Io
As seen above, Hera’s husband and sibling Zeus was an insatiable and predatory nymphomaniac whose eye roved nonstop. He constantly cheated on the Queen of Heaven – and not just with goddesses and supernatural females, but with mortal women as well. Understandably, Hera was none too happy about her husband’s serial infidelities, which left her feeling slighted. She did not take that up directly with Zeus, however, and direct her wrath at him for his serial violation of whatever passed for marital vows and obligations of monogamy atop Mount Olympus.
Instead, Hera flew into jealous rages, and took it out on the unfortunates seduced, tricked, or sometimes flat out assaulted by Zeus in order to satisfy his lusts. Io was one of those unfortunate victims of Hera’s jealous vengeance. According to Greek mythology, Io was a priestess whose beauty caught Zeus’ eye, and caused him to fall head over heels in love with her. The chief god lusted after and pursued Io, but she resisted his advances at first, until her father kicked her out on the advice of some oracles.