• Aphrodite
goddess of love, beauty, and eternal youth
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History:

Aphrodite was the goddes of love, beauty, and eternal youth. She was the most beautiful of the goddes at Mt. Olympus. She was loved by all. The gods, humans, birds and beasts all disired her. She was also very sly in her conquering. Once conquered she laughed mockingly or sweetly at whomever. She could also get past even the wisest.
====There are two different versions of where Aphrodite may have came from. It is said in Homer's Iliad that she was the daughter of Zeus and Dione. It is also said in other poems that she come out the foam of the sea. The word Aphros comes from the Greek word foam. This is said to be where Aphrodite got her name. It was in Cythera where her birth from the sea took place. She then drifted to the island of Cyprus. She had proper names, either Cytherea or Cyprian. Both of these islands became very sacred to her. [1]
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Myth:A very famous myth of Aphrodite is the thought of her starting the Trojan War. Aphrodite, Hera, and Athena were invited and attended the wedding of King Peleus and Thetis, his sea nymph. When they were all at the wedding, Eris, the goddess of discord was upset that she was not invited, so she threw a golden apple labled "to the fairest" into the middle of the floor. The three goddess fought over the apple because of course they all felt that they were the fairest. The goddesses then look to King Paris to make the selection. Each of the goddesses made a bribe to Paris in order to become the "fairest." Aphrodite told Paris that she would grant him the most beautiful woman, Helen. Helen was married to King Menelaus, Paris did not care and captured Helen. This is turn led to the Trojan War. Aphrodite aligned herself with the Trojans to fight off the Greek invaders who fought to bring back Helen from Paris [2]
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Symbols:[3]
  • Girdle
  • Seashell
  • mirror
Sacred Animal:
  • Dove
Roman Equivalent: Venus

Extra Information:

Children: Eros, Phobos, Deimos, Harmonia, Pothos, Anteros, Himeros, Hermaphroditos, Rhode, Eryx, Peitho, Tyche, Eunomia, The Graces, Priapus, and Aenaes
Siblings: Tree Nymphs, Furies, Gigantes
  1. ^
    http://www.pantheon.org/articles/a/aphrodite.html
  2. ^ http://www.greek-gods-and-goddesses.com/aphrodi...-love.html
  3. ^
    http://www.theoi.com/Olympios/Aphrodite.html