Aphrodite : Greek Goddess Of Love, Beauty, Desire And Procreation

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Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love, beauty, desire and procreation. She was conceived in an unconventional matter. According to Hesiod 's Theogony, Cronus castrated his father, Uranus, and his flesh was cast into the sea creating a white foam. It is believed that Aphrodite was born a full grown woman from the foam. Aphrodite was so beautiful and desired by all men forcing Zeus to marry her off to Hephaestus to appease the jealous gods and goddesses. Hephaestus walked in on Aphrodite and Ares making love and the following events prove that the weak can outsmart the strong, a woman’s beauty can control a man, and jealousy is a strong force. Hephaestus is the god of blacksmiths and the son of Hera. Per Ron Leadbetter, a mythology fanatic, “…known as the lame god, Hephaestus was born weak and crippled. Displeased by the sight on her son, Hera threw Hephaestus from Mount Olympus, and he fell for a whole day before landing in the sea” (Leadbetter). He punished his mother by crafting a beautiful throne that chained her to it. Dionysus brought Hephaestus to Mount Olympus and got him intoxicated so that he would free Hera. In exchange for releasing Hera Zeus gave Aphrodite to Hephaestus to be his wife. Aphrodite was in love with Ares, the god of war and Hephaestus’ brother. In Book VIII of The Odyssey Homer describes their affair,
...the love of Ares and Aphrodite of the lovely crown, how they lay together in secret in Hephaestus’ house, and how Ares gave her a host of…

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