Aphrodite Anna Krispin English 1 st hour Greek Mythology Project 4/23/08
In the beginning
Aphrodite is the goddess of beauty, love, affection, and the power of attraction that binds people together.
Alternate names are Venus, and Cytherea
Aphrodite was said to have come from Sea Foam, or to be the daughter of Zeus.
Forced to marry Hephaestus, god of fire
Truly loved Ares, god of war.
Other lovers were Hermes, Poseidon, Dionysus, Anchises, and Adonis.
It is claimed that without her, there would be no joy or loveliness anywhere.
She possessed a magical girdle that rendered her irresistible to both gods and humans. She was the “beautiful goddess.”
The myrtle was her tree, and the dove, sparrow and swan were her birds.
Aphrodite and Persephone’s dispute over a young man named Adonis; Zeus resolves by “dividing him up.”
Paris, the Trojan Prince, was forced to decide who was the most beautiful; Hera, Athena, or Aphrodite. They all tried to bribe him with gifts. However he chose Aphrodite, who offered him the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen. So Paris took Helen to troy with him, and the Greeks attempt to get her back resulted in the Trojan war.
Important Events (cont.)
One time while Aphrodite’s husband, Hephaestus, was away, she had Ares come over. Before he left, Hephaestus had put up an invisible net above their bed, so that if she had Ares come over, he would catch them, by getting them caught in this net. When he came home he found Aphrodite and Ares trapped in the net, and he was very angry .
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