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Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, Pleasure and Beauty

Roman name: Venus

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 usually depicted as 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

the female gender symbol associated with AphroditeAphrodite's symbols were the girdle (which she was using to compel love), the seashell and the mirror.
It is said that the female gender symbol is likely to represent the mirror of Aphrodite, the top half of the symbol representing the actual mirror and the bottom half its handle.

Aphrodite's  sacred animal, the doveAphrodite's sacred animal was the dove.

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

Page last updated on: November 30th, 2016

Titles of Aphrodite

  • 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")

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