Ancient archetype. Also: Queen, Mother. The compliment of the Patriarch. Actually, this archetype has more variation than the male equivalent, ranging from ruler of the hearth to ruler of a whole society, and often – though not necessarily – bearing connotations of nurturing care, peacemaking, wisdom, and the civilising influence. Famous Matriarch: Hera. Modern example: Roseanne. See Archetypes.

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