The goat-eater, a surname of Hera, under which she was worshiped by the Lacedaemonians. They say that
Heracles founded the sanctuary and was the first to sacrifice goats, because in his fight against Hippocoon and his
children he met with no hindrance from Hera, although in his other adventures he thought that the goddess opposed him. He sacrificed goats, they say, because he lacked other kinds of victims.



  • Hesychius, s.v.
  • Pausanias. Description of Greece iii, 15.7.
  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.