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