Version of Aphrodite of Cnidus at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens
|Goddess of love and beauty and sexual desire|
|Symbol(s)||Dolphin, Rose, Scallop Shell, Myrtle, Dove, Sparrow, and Swan|
|Consort||Hephaestus or Ares|
Aphrodite (Greek Ἀφροδίτη 'risen from sea-foam') is the goddess of love and beauty in Greek mythology, and one of the Twelve Olympians. Many artists chose to portray her as a naked woman, or with very little clothing.
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 Aprodite 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.
- with Ares (pronounced air-es): Harmonia, Deimos (pronounced day-mos), Phobosis, and Eros (pronounced e-ros).
- with Anchises (pronounced an-chi-ses): Aeneas (pronounced ain-ne-us).
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