Aphrodite-Venus

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About Aphrodite

Aphrodite was the Greek goddess of love and beauty. She is said to be the attraction between the male and the female. She is represented by the dove and the seagull. Zeus and Dione from the Illiad are said to be her parents, but people also believe that she rose out of the sea foam near the island of Cyprus. This island was sacred to her and people now hold festivals there honoring her. 'Aphros' in Greek means foam. Her husband was Hephaestus , the lame god of fire. Throughout her life, she was involved with many other gods and men. One of them was Ares , the god of war who she is sometimes said to have had a son with named Eros. Other sources say that Aphrodite and Zeus had Eros.

Personality

Aphrodite was very seductive and alluring. She also brings joy and happiness to the world, so she must have been very joyful. However, she is viewed differently by people. Some believe that she is this lovely, charming, attractive godess. Although, because of the way she attracted so many men, but many didn't actually get to be with her, she can also be seen as evil and mean. The majority of people, though, see her in a good way.
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Symbols

There are many symbols that Aphrodite is known for having, which includes, the dove, apple, seagull, myrtle, flower and the scallop shell which she is said to have been brought to Cyprus floating on and is pictured in "the Birth of Venus". (above)

Children of Aphrodite

Even though Aphrodite was married to Hephaestus, she actually had no children with him. She had three children with . Aphrodite and Hermes had Hermafroditus, who was half man, half woman. Also, she had a child with Anchises, the well-known Trojan, Aeneas. She also had many other children with different mortals and gods.

The Judgment of Paris


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Peleus and Thetis were getting married and most of the popular gods, goddesses and humans went. One goddess, Eris, was not invited and so she threw down a golden apple that said "for the fairest" on it because she knew it would lead to trouble. Aphrodite, Hera and Athena all wanted the apple because they thought they were the fairest. A contest started up to see who should get the apple, Zeus chose Paris, a young Trojan prince to judge and each goddess tried to win over Paris with a bribe. Aphrodite offered the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen of Troy to him. Aphrodite was declared the fairest and received the golden apple. She went with Paris to capture Helen from her husband King Menelaus. The Trojan war was sparked by this event.

The Trojan War

Aphrodite had a son named Aeneas. He was fighting in the war, but Aphrodite didn't want him to. He was just about to get killed when Aphrodite came to the rescue and stopped Diomedes from killing Aeneas. Instead of stabbing Aeneas, Diomedes stabbed Aphrodite. She was crying from her wound when Apollo came in and rescued Aeneas. Aphrodite went to Zues where he told her that it was none of her that she should never interfere with war again.

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