Hesiod's Theogony: Aphrodite, The Greek Goddess Of Love

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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 …show more content…
In The Odyssey one god states, “The slow catch the swift, as Hephaestus here, slow as he is, has netted Ares the swiftest of all the Olympian gods. He has trapped him by cunning, though lame” (Kline). This myth showcases how a cripple can beat the strongest god. The storyline is very unique for a Greek myth because normally the strong and beautiful succeed, while the weak and homely struggle. Hephaestus was also able to get his revenge against his mother, Hera, by trapping her in the golden throne he made for …show more content…
Zeus gave Aphrodite’s hand in marriage to Hephaestus, the goldsmith god, to appease the other gods and goddesses. Ron Leadbetter describes how Hephaestus reacted to receiving Aphrodite’s hand in marriage.
He could hardly believe his good luck and used all his skills to make the most lavish jewels for her. He made her a girdle of finely wrought gold and wove magic into the filigree work. That was not very wise of him, for when she wore her magic girdle no one could resist her, and she was all too irresistible already
Aphrodite could use her beauty to attract any man and receive anything that she wanted. Aphrodite’s looks and magical girdle led to multiple affairs and bastards. She bore Ares two sons: Phobos (god of fear) and Deimos (god of terror). Aphrodite slept with Erotes and gave birth to Eros (love), Anteros (counter-love), Himeros (sexual-desire), Pothos (yearning) and Harmonia (harmony). She also had affairs with Poseidon, Dionysus and Hermes and bore each god one child. Aphrodite had multiple affairs with mortal men and even fought with Persephone over Adonis (greekgods.org).
Jealousy is what brought Hephaestus to life. Hera gave birth to Hephaestus to smite Zeus’ birth of Athena. Ron Leadbetter describes in great detail Hephaestus’

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