Aphrodite

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Aphrodite

Version of Aphrodite of Cnidus at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens
Goddess of love and beauty and sexual desire
Abode Mount Olympus
Symbol(s) Dolphin, Rose, Scallop Shell, Myrtle, Dove, Sparrow, and Swan
Consort Hephaestus or Ares
Parents Ouranos
Siblings none
Children See below

Aphrodite (Greek Ἀφροδίτη 'risen from sea-foam') is the goddess of love and beauty in Greek mythology, and one of the Twelve Olympians.[1][2] Many artists chose to portray her as a naked woman, or with very little clothing.

The major theory of Aphrodite's birth was that she was the daughter of Zeus and Dione. Another theory states that Aphrodite was born from sea-foam near Paphos, Cyprus. She appeared from the sea.

Children[change | change source]

Eros, Phobos, Deimos, Harmonia, Pothos, Anteros, Himeros, Hermaphroditos, Rhode, Eryx, Peitho, Tyche, Eunomia, The Graces, Priapus, Aeneas and Chloe

Marriage[change | change source]

Aphrodite was very beautiful, which made Zeus, the god of the gods, afraid that she would be the cause of fights between the other gods. He therefore married Aphrodite to Hephaestus. Hephaestus was happy to be married to Aphrodite and gave her many pieces of jewelry in order to please her. Aphrodite, however, did not care for him due to his deformities. Looking for other, more attractive men, she spent most of her time with Ares, but was also linked with Adonis and Anchises.

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