Aphrodite - Wikipedia

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Aphrodite was created from the foam of the crystal waters of Paphos in the fragrant island of Cyprus, when the Titan Cronos slew his father, the major Titan Ouranos , and threw then his genitals into the sea.

Husband and Relationships : Aphrodite was married to the lame smith Hephaestus , the Olympian God of the Iron, but her heart was devoted to Ares , the God of War, with whom Aphrodite was having a passionate, but secret love affair.
Famous Children : According to a myth, Aphrodite gave birth to Eros , the winged cupid of love and was often accompanied by him. Other children of Aphrodite were Himeros (desire), Pothos (desire), Phobos(fear), Deimos (terror), Armonia (Harmony) and the Nymph Rhode [1] .
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Aphrodite was the most attractive goddess of Mount Olympus . She was the goddess of Love, Beauty and Eternal Youth, arousing desire to gods and humans as well as birds and beasts. In addition, she was connected to the death/rebirth of nature and human beings.

Many scholars believe Aphrodite’s worship came to Greece from the East, and many of her characteristics must be considered Semitic. Although Homer called her “Cyprian” after the island chiefly famed for her worship, she was already Hellenized by the time of Homer, and, according to Homer, she was the daughter of Zeus and Dione , his consort at Dodona. In Book 8 of the Odyssey , Aphrodite was mismatched with Hephaestus , the lame smith god, and she consequently spent her time philandering with the handsome god of war, Ares (by whom she became the mother of Harmonia , the warrior twins Phobos and Deimos, and Eros , the god of love).

Of Aphrodite’s mortal lovers, the most important were the Trojan shepherd Anchises , by whom she became the mother of Aeneas , and the handsome youth Adonis (in origin a Semitic nature deity and the consort of Ishtar-Astarte), who was killed by a boar while hunting and was lamented by women at the festival of Adonia. The cult of Adonis had underworld features, and Aphrodite was also connected with the dead at Delphi.

Early Greek art represented Aphrodite either as the Oriental, nude-goddess type or as a standing or seated figure similar to all other goddesses. Aphrodite first attained individuality at the hands of the great 5th-century- bce Greek sculptors. Perhaps the most famous of all statues of Aphrodite was carved by Praxiteles for the Cnidians; it later became the model for such Hellenistic masterpieces as the Venus de Milo (2nd century bce ).

Aphrodite was created from the foam of the crystal waters of Paphos in the fragrant island of Cyprus, when the Titan Cronos slew his father, the major Titan Ouranos , and threw then his genitals into the sea.

Husband and Relationships : Aphrodite was married to the lame smith Hephaestus , the Olympian God of the Iron, but her heart was devoted to Ares , the God of War, with whom Aphrodite was having a passionate, but secret love affair.
Famous Children : According to a myth, Aphrodite gave birth to Eros , the winged cupid of love and was often accompanied by him. Other children of Aphrodite were Himeros (desire), Pothos (desire), Phobos(fear), Deimos (terror), Armonia (Harmony) and the Nymph Rhode [1] .
[ View Aphrodite's full family tree here ...]

Aphrodite was the most attractive goddess of Mount Olympus . She was the goddess of Love, Beauty and Eternal Youth, arousing desire to gods and humans as well as birds and beasts. In addition, she was connected to the death/rebirth of nature and human beings.


Aphrodite - Greek Goddess of Love, Beauty and Sexuality.

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