Aphrodite : A Powerful Goddess Essay

706 Words Feb 11th, 2016 3 Pages
While the first Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite starts by putting Aphrodite on a very high pedestal, it soon brings her down by subjecting her to the same influences she boasted about subjecting others to. Aphrodite took great pride in her ability to make immortal gods fall in love mortals. Everyone was susceptible to her powers except for Hestia, Athena and Artemis. However, she, an immortal god, fell in love with Anchises, a mortal human, as a result of Zeus implanting the desire within her. The first Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite focuses more on the humiliation Aphrodite faces than on praising her as a powerful goddess.

“As for all the rest, there is nothing that has escaped Aphrodite: none of the blessed gods nor any of mortal humans. She even led astray the noos of Zeus, the one who delights in the thunder, the one who is the very greatest and the one who has the very greatest tîmê as his share. But even his well-formed phrenes are deceived by her, whenever she wants, as she mates him with mortal women with the greatest of ease, unbeknownst to Hera, his sister and wife, who is the best among all the immortal goddesses in her great beauty.” Lines 34 to 40(Nagy)

In the quote above, Aphrodite is being depicted as an all powerful god able to influence all but three immortal gods, Athena, Artemis and Hestia. She is so powerful that even the almighty Zeus cannot escape her grip and is also subject to her whims. The first Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite also has a considerable…

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