The Goddess Of Love And Beauty: Aphrodite, The True Mysterious Beauty

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Nupinder Panesar
The True Mysterious Beauty

Aphrodite, also known as Venus in the Roman myths, is the goddess of Love, Sex, and Beauty. Other than these titles, Aphrodite is the goddess of the sea and fertility. The birth of Aphrodite is separated into three different myths. The three myths are: 1) Born of the sea-form through the castrated genitals of the sky-god Ouranos, illustrated by Hesiodic; 2) Daughter of Zeus & Dione, told by homer ; 3) Hatched from an egg (Syrian Ashtarte) found in the Euphrates River, fishes rolled this egg to the bank and doves sat on it for heat purposes. Hence, the symbols of this goddess are doves, foam and, girdle. According to Plato, a Greek philosopher, Aphrodite was viewed as pure and
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Hector finds him and taunts him by telling him that he is a "Despicable Paris, handsomest of men, but woman-mad seducer" Refers Paris' body to "Aphrodite's Gifts." Paris' answer to Hector was that humans do not choose the gifts that gods provide, therefore, he should not "blame me for golden Aphrodite's lovely gifts. Men can't reject fine presents from the gods, those gifts they personally bestow on us, though no man would take them of his own free will." In this, it is evident that Aphrodite is portrayed as a goddess of utter beauty that she is willing to share with …show more content…
The divine nature: Each of them has attributes; and, the human nature: they do have a human shape and character traits and experience human feelings and emotion. Aphrodite is the goddess of Love, Sex and, Beauty. This is visible as she helps Hera seduce Zeus, as she commits to her promise made to Paris, making him beautiful and finding him someone equally beautiful. However, she also has the human nature, as Helen describes her when Aphrodite visits Helen in Book 3, the motherly nature she experiences towards Aeneas, as he is harmed in battle. Her reaction to this harm is that she risks herself and gets harm in order to protect her child.

On the very right, we see Paris who is deciding between the three goddesses': Aphrodite, Athena and, Hera. In book 5, Aphrodite exhibits another aspect of love. Aphrodite is holding the winged Eros (Love), Athena is wearing the aegis cloak and war armor, and lastly, Hera holds the lion and royal tipped staff. Paris chooses Aphrodite and she is given the most beautiful woman, Helen. - Antikensammlung Berlin - The Judgement of Paris - CA 440 B.C.

Works Cited
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Homer. (2010). Iliad. (I. Johnston, Trans.) Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada: Tra. Retrieved from
Parada, C. (1997). Aeneas.
Theoi Project - Classical Texts

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