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General Info
Title(s) Goddess of Love and Beauty
Greek Ἀφροδίτη
Consort Many
Parents Ouranus; Zeus and Dione
Children Many
Roman Equivalent Venus

Aphrodite (Ἀφροδίτη) is the Greek goddess of love, desire, pleasure, and beauty. [1]

In Mythology Edit

Birth Edit

In the Iliad, Aphrodite is the daughter of Zeus and Dione. However, in later poems[2] , it is most often said that she sprung out of sea foam created from Ouranus' castrated genitals being tossed into the sea. The second genealogy makes her the oldest of the Olympians.

[3]

AppearanceEdit

Aphrodite is described as being beautiful and stunning in appearance. Many times she is shown completely or partially naked.

FamilyEdit

Immortal OffspringEdit

With Ares

With Dionysus

  • Priapus

With Hermes

  • Hermaphroditus

All of the gods fell in love with Aphrodite at first sight. Because of his guilt and to avoid trouble, Zeus gave her hand in marriage to his son, Hephaestus. Because she wanted to continue her life with the gods, Aphrodite agreed to the marriage. However, all she saw when she looked at Hephaestus was a sweaty, dull fellow who worked entirely too many hours. Aphrodite was a creature who loved passion, glamour, and physical beauty. She would have much rather married someone like Hephaestus’ brother, Ares, the god of war. When she looked at him, she saw physical beauty and excitement, quite the contrary to his boring and ugly brother. 

WorshipEdit

In ancient Greece, Aphrodite was worshiped with incense altars and dove sacrifices.[4]

Popular Culture Edit

Comic booksEdit

  • Aphrodite

    Aphrodite as she appears in God is Dead

    Aphrodite appears in the ongoing comic series God is Dead, published by Avatar Press.

Television Edit

  • Aphrodite appeared in the Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated episode Where Walks Aphrodite.

Books Edit

  • Aphrodite appeared in various books of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and the sequel Heroes of Olympus series.

ArtworkEdit

See Also Edit

External Links Edit

Citations Edit

  1. (Hamilton 1998, p. 33)
  2. Hesiod's Theogony
  3. (Hamilton 1998, p. 33)
  4. (Burkert 1985, p. 153)

References Edit


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