Aphrodite: The Greek Goddess Of Love And Beauty

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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
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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 affair with Ares. When Helius, god of the sun, spotted them together while he was riding his sun chariot across the sky, he told Hephaestus. Using his crafting skills, Hephaestus created an unbreakable bronze net and trapped the two lovers. To add to their humiliation, Hephaestus let the other gods and goddesses witness their dishonor. (Osborn & Burgess, 3)

Anchises, a mortal, got is well known for his love affair with Aphrodite. He was not aware that she was an immortal goddess until after they had a son, Aeneas. Aphrodite warned Anchises not to boast about their affair. But he disobeyed her and as punishment, Zeus struck him with his thunderbolt which resulted into Anchises getting burned and/or crippled. (Hatzitsinidou,
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All three used bribery, but it was Aphrodite’s offer that won over Paris. So he gave the apple to Aphrodite, and in return she made Helen, wife of Menelaus who was the king of Sparta, fall in love with Paris. Because of Paris’ dishonor, Menelaus’ brother Agamemnon took his troops to Troy and besieged the city for ten years. This later became known as the Trojan War. (Trojan War,

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