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Aphrodite - Page Text Content

S: Goddess of Love

BC: The End

FC: Aphrodite

1: Erin Lockhart 3rd Period English December 7, 2010

2: Venus | Aphrodite was the Greek Goddess of sexual rapture, love and beauty.

4: -Aphrodite lived on Mount Olympus with her husband Hephaestus. -She was born from the foam of the sea. - Possibly caused the Trojan War. - Aphrodite's symbols were dolphins, doves, swans and also lime and pomegranate trees. - She was the mother of Cupid. - Her girdle inspired love and lust. - She was originally goddess of fertility. - Aphrodite was self-absorbed.

6: According to Hesiod, Aphrodie was born when Uranus was castrated by his son Cronus. Cronus threw the severed genitals into the ocean. It then began to churn and foam in the water. From the aphros ("sea foam") arose Aphrodite, and the sea carried her to either Cyprus or Cythera.

7: After the birth of Aphrodite, Zeus was afraid that the gods would battle over her hand in marriage so he married her off to Hephaestus. Hephaestus steadiest of gods, he made all sorts of jewels and fine jewelry for Aphrodite. He made her a girdle made of fine gold and into it he wove magic into the filigree work. That wasn’t very wise of him, for when she wore her girdle no man could resist her gorgeous looks, and she was all too irresistible already. She loved being pretty and fashionable. She did not like being the wife of the hard-working Hephaestus. Aphrodite had affairs with many gods and mortals. Among her mortal lovers, the most famous was Aphrodites priestesses were not prostitutes but women who represented the goddess. Sexual intercourse with them was considered one of the best ways worship.

9: Although Aphrodite was married to Hephaestus, it was not by her choice but by arrangement of Hera. Her true love was Ares, God of War. Together they conceived three children: Phobus, Deimus, and Harmonia. They were also said to have been parents of Eros and Anteros. Another of Aphrodite's greatest loves was Adonis. From his birth, she placed him in the care of Persephone. Persephone also fell in love with him and refused to return him when the time came.

10: Ares' jealousy caused the death of Adonis. Aphrodite is also the mother of Aeneus. Zeus made her fall in love with Anchises as punishment and she warned him never to reveal that Aeneas was her own son. Being a mortal, (human) he couldn't keep his mouth shut. He was stricken with blindness and paralysis.


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