Aphrodite – Goddess of beauty, desire and of course, Love
Aphrodite was the daughter of Zeus and Dione, known as Venus by the Romans. She was married to Hephaestus but was also said to be free with her favours to many other gods. After all, she was the Goddess of love!
There is another story however about her birth. The alternative story says that she was born as a consequence of a violent act. Apparently Cronos took a sickle and cut off the genitals of his father Uranus and threw them into the sea. From the white foam that resulted, Aphrodite was born. She emerged from the sea as a fully grown goddess. There are some famous paintings that depict this scene, one in particular was much admired by the painter Apelles, which is unfortunately now lost.
Like many of the Gods, Aphrodite used her power for both good and evil purposes. Whoever scorned her was severely punished, yet she was also known to bestow favours on many others. Poets told of her beauty, and she was a popular favourite subject for sculptors. She was often called ‘Golden’ which meant beautiful to the Greeks.
She was associated with doves and swans, and with flowers – especially roses. Sweet smells and fruits also depicted Aphrodite. Her holy tree was the Myrtle. Aphrodite represented sex, affection, and the attraction that binds people together. Which is of course still very relevant today.
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About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.