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Olympian Gods » Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, Pleasure and Beauty

Aphrodite's representation Aphrodite was the Greek goddess of Love, Beauty and Eternal Youth

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Birth of Aphrodite

Aphrodite was created from the foam of the crystal waters of Paphos in the fragrant island of Cyprus, when the Titan Cronos slew his father, the major Titan Ouranos, and threw then his genitals into the sea.

Family of Aphrodite

Husband and Relationships: Aphrodite was married to the lame smith Hephaestus, the Olympian God of the Iron, but her heart was devoted to Ares, the God of War, with whom Aphrodite was having a passionate, but secret love affair.
Famous Children: According to a myth, Aphrodite gave birth to Eros, the winged cupid of love and was often accompanied by him. Other children of Aphrodite were Himeros (desire), Pothos(desire), Phobos(fear), Deimos (terror), Armonia (Harmony) and the Nymph Rhode [1].
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The Role of Aphrodite as a Goddess

Aphrodite was the most attractive goddess of Mount Olympus. She was the goddess of Love, Beauty and Eternal Youth, arousing desire to gods and humans as well as birds and beasts. In addition, she was connected to the death/rebirth of nature and human beings.

Personality of Aphrodite

Aphrodite may have been the most attractive goddess, but according to the Iliad(the famous poem by Homer), she was a rather weak, frightful goddess.

Appearance of Aphrodite

Aphrodite was a highly attractive young woman who dressed elegantly and loved to wear jewellery. Her eyelashes were curled and she had a constant smile on her lovely face. Aphrodite had a tender neck and symbolized the feminine beauty [2], [3].

Symbols of Aphrodite

Aphrodite's symbols were the girdle (which she was using to compel love), the seashell and the mirror. Her sacred animal was the dove.

Aphrodite means "arisen from the foam" in ancient Greek.



The Roman name of Aphrodite is "Venus"

Myths and Fables about Aphrodite

The Birthplace of Aphrodite in Cyprus
The Birthplace of Aphrodite in Cyprus
Aphrodite and Adonis
Aphrodite and Adonis
Aphrodite, Paris and the Golden Apple
Aphrodite, Paris and the Golden Apple
Aphrodite and Anchises
Aphrodite and Anchises
Aphrodite and the Weasel
Aphrodite and the Weasel

Places of Worship related to Aphrodite

Places of worship of Aphrodite-Daphni/ Elevsis
Daphni/ Elevsis
Places of worship of Aphrodite-Island of Kythira
Island of Kythira
Places of worship of Aphrodite-Island of Milos
Island of Milos
Places of worship of Aphrodite-Temple of Aphrodite
Temple of Aphrodite in Delos, Greece
Places of worship of Aphrodite-Temple of Aphrodite
Temple of Aphrodite in Paphos, Cyprus

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festivals of Aphrodite Festivals in honour of Aphrodite
  • "Aphrodisia" A festival in honour of Aphrodite celebrated mainly in the island of Cyprus

Titles of Aphroditeclick to expand

Anadyomene ("arising") , Cypria ("from Cyprus") , Cytherea ("from the Greek island of Cythera") , Genetyllis ("capable of reproduction") , Kallipygos ("of the beautiful buttocks") , Nomios ("of the flocks") , Urania ("heavenly")