The Life of Aphrodite

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The Life of Aphrodite

Aphrodite also known as Venus was the goddess of love, desire, and beauty. She was the daughter of Zeus the god of sky, and thunder, and Dione the healer of immortals. She was married to Hephaestus, the god of fire. Although married she had many love affairs and was the great Olympian goddess a pleasure and procreaton.

The Life of Aphrodite

Later in life Aphrodite was forced to wed Hephaistos. He’s known as one of the ugliest gods and the god of fire. Due to his ugliness Aphrodite had many affairs with mortals and immortals. One of those affairs being with her lover Ares, the god of war and the son of Zeus and Hera. Aphrodite and Hephaistos had no children and divorced because or his ugliness and her affairs. Although Aphrodite did not have children with her husband she gave birth to sons and daughters. Hermaphroditus, born with both male and female sexual organs received his name as a combination of Hermes and Aphrodite. Together they also had Rhodos, and daughters Peitho, the goddess of seduction, Tyche, the goddess of protection, and Eunomia. Aphrodite still known today through various nude paintings and sculptures for her beauty and sexuality. The symbols that represent Aphrodite include sea shells, mirrors, and golden apples. Her color that she represents are red, pink, silver, and sea foam. Like her colors she is surrounded by animals such as the dolphin, swine, dove, sparrow, bees, and goats. She is one of the most famous goddess and depicted in the picture of The Birth of Venus de MILO.

Aphrodite was born from the water of the sea, and the white foam within it. Her name actually means foam-born. She has the ability to cast love spells over all the mortals and beast with the exception of three goddess Athena, Hestia, and Artemis. Aphrodite was so powerful she caused Zeus to fall in love with several mortal women. In return Zeus made her fall in love with a mortal by the name of Anchises. Together they had a son named Aineias which means awful. Aphrodite felt offended by her relationship with Anchises because he was a mortal.

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