Aphrodite

Goddess of Love

In Greek mythology, Aphrodite is the goddess of love, beauty and sexual rapture. According to Hesiod, she was born when Uranus (the father of the gods) was castrated by his son Cronus. Legend has it that Aphrodite was born from sea foam.

The Birth of Aphrodite (Venus) by artist Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510)

After her birth, Zeus was worried that the gods would fight over Aphrodite's hand in marriage, so he married her to the smith god Hephaestus, the steadiest of the gods. He could hardly believe his good luck and used all his skills to make the most lavish jewels for her.

Aphrodite's Roman name is Venus, and she is the goddess of love and beauty, and Cupid's love messenger.

Depictions

Museo Nazionale Romano, Rome.

Aphrodite was often depicted naked, as she was the goddess of sexual rapture.she represents the sexual freedom, for which she was either praised or censored.

Temple of Aphrodite

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The Temple of Aphrodite was located in the northern section and formed the center of the city. All that remains of the ancient temple consists of fourteen of the over forty ionic columns that once surrounded it and the foundations of the cellar section.

Fun Facts

Aphrodite was said to have the girdle, which carried magical powers that was responsible for people falling in love.

Aphrodite was also called Cythera and Cyprus based on the two locations where she is said to be born.

There are many versions about the birth of Aphrodite. One of the versions is that she us daughter of Dione and Zeus. Another version was that Aphrodite was washed from the ocean onto the shore from sea foam.

The birds which are sacred to Aphrodite are the myrtles, swans, sparrows and doves.

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