|Goddess of love, beauty and sexual desire''|
|Symbol(s)||Dolphin, Rose, Scallop Shell, Myrtle, Dove, Sparrow, and Swan|
|Consort||Hephaestus or Ares|
|Parents||Zeus and Dione (Iliad)|
Aphrodite (Ancient Greek: Ἀφροδίτη, Aphrodítē) is the goddess of love, beauty, sexuality and desire in Greek mythology, and one of the Twelve Olympians. The most beautiful and refined of the goddesses, Aphrodite is married to Hephaestus, god of fire and metalworking. Due to his being crippled and hideously ugly, Aphrodite had numerous affairs with other lovers, the most notable being Ares, god of war.
In Homer's Iliad, Aphrodite is said to be the daughter of Zeus and Dione (one of the Okeanides). In Hesiod's Theogony, however, Aphrodite is stated to have risen from sea foam, formed at the spot where Ouranos' genitals landed, after Kronos castrated him and tossed them into the sea. Aphrodite's cult was centered on the islands of Cythera and Cyprus, both of which were claimed to be her birthplace. Her main festival was the Aphrodisia, which was celebrated annually every midsummer. The minor goddesses (the Charities) attend to Aphrodite, serving as her handmaidens. Aphrodite's symbols include the dolphin, myrtle, rose, dove, sparrow, swan and pearl, and the dove, sparrow and swan were her sacred animals. The goddess Venus is her Roman equivalent.
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Aphrodite was very beautiful, which made Hera afraid that she would be the cause of fights between the other gods. She therefore gave Aphrodite to Hephaestus. Hephaestus was happy to be married to Aphrodite and gave her many pieces of jewelry which were gifts of love, like a belt that when ever she wore it, it would make men be attracted to her. Aphrodite, however, she was not attracted to him. So she spent most of her time with Ares, but was also spent time with Adonis and Anchises. She got married multiple times and had many children.
- children with Ares (pronounced air-es): Harmonia, Deimos (pronounced day-mos), Phobosis, and Eros (pronounced e-ros).
- child with Anchises (pronounced an-chi-ses): Aeneas (pronounced ain-ne-us).