Aphrodite : Greek Goddess Of Love And Beauty Essay

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Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love and beauty. She is one of the twelve Olympian gods that live upon Mount Olympus. In Roman mythology, she is known as Venus. Although she is known for being flirty and beautiful, she is also easily offended and ill-tempered, and if you insult her you will see her bitter mischievous side. Aphrodite’s symbols include myrtles, doves, flowers, apples, and scallop shells.

Aphrodite didn’t have a childhood. She was born as a full grown adult. There are a few versions to the birth of Aphrodite. The most well known is when Uranus, god of the sky, was killed by his son Cronus. He castrated him and parts of his body fell into the ocean and changed into seafoam. The seafoam then transformed into Aphrodite. She got her name from the Greek word “aphro” which means foam. (Aphrodite Birth, 1)

It’s not a surprise that Aphrodite, goddess of love, had many love affairs. A young sea-god named Nerites was her first love. She transformed him into a shell-fish after he refused to leave the sea and join her on Olympus. Hephaestus, god of crafts and smiths, was given Aphrodite’s hand in marriage by Zeus to prevent conflict over her between the other gods. But Aphrodite was an unfaithful wife so he divorced her. Following that was Ares, god of war. Aphrodite and Ares had five children: Eros, Anteros, Deimos, Phobos, and Harmonia. (Aphrodite Loves, 2)

Ares was one of Aphrodite’s most notable lovers. When Aphrodite was married to Hephaestus, she had a love…

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