Aphrodite Essay

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HEPHAESTUS AND APHRODITE

APHRODITE

     Aphrodite is one of the most famous figures of Greek mythology. Because

Aphrodite was the Greek goddess of love, beauty, and sexual rapture,1 she was desired by

nearly all of the Greek gods. Aphrodite was one of the twelve main gods on Mt.

Olympus,2 and she was the most powerful goddess when it came to members of the

opposite sex.

THE BIRTH OF APHRODITE

     There are many origins to Aphrodite's birth. Some of them are:

1) She arose full-grown out of the foam of the sea,

2) She is the daughter of Zeus and Dionne,

3) She is the daughter of Uranus and Gaia, which would make her a Titaness, or

4) She is the daughter of Titans Oceanus
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When they went to

bed, they got tangled in the net.8

     At dawn, Hephaestus returned from his trip. He summoned all of the gods

together so they could see what Aphrodite and Ares did. Hephaestus thought that, by

Zeus seeing how Aphrodite deceived him, Zeus would return all of the marriage gifts.

Instead, Zeus told Hephaestus that this should handled by him and Aphrodite instead of

being made a public affair, therefore Zeus did not return the marriage gifts.9

MYTHS OF OTHER LOVERS OF APHRODITE

Hermes

     After Aphrodite had been publicly humiliated, she returned to Paphos and renewed

her virginity to the sea. Soon afterwards, Hermes confessed his love for her, and she slept

with him. She eventually bore a double-sexed child name Hermaphroditus.

Poseidon

     Poseidon, like Hermes, also confessed his love for her, and she bore him two sons

named Rhodus and Herophilus. Later Aphrodite also slept with Dionysus in which she

bore a deformed son by him. The deformity was caused by Hera; she did this in

disapproval of Aphrodite's permiscuity.10

Anchises

     Later, Zeus wanted to humiliate Aphrodite by making her fall in love with a mortal

named Anchises. He was a handsome man, and he was the King of the Dardanians. One

night Aphrodite visited him without him knowing who

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