Aphrodite By: Lexi Collins History • • • • • • They Say she was Sea Born The Romans referred to her as Venus Greeks called her Aphrodite Married to Hephaestus 15 Divine Children 5 Mortals Goddess of Beauty • Goddess of… o o o o Love Beauty Pleasure Procreation ● Protected her good people from the bad people Her Family • She had six siblings... o Apollo o Eres o Hermes o Dionysus o Athena o Hephaestus ● Her Parents… ○ Zeus Aphrodite • Things that symbolize Aphrodite… Dolphin o Rose o Scallop Shells o Swan o Sparrow o Dove o Short Story Aphrodite was the exception to the Greek God family tree. Some say her parents were unknown, and that she was born of sea foam. Others, like the poet Homer, said she was a daughter of the mighty Zeus, king of all the gods. No one knows quite where to place her on the Greek God family tree. However she was born, Aphrodite was the goddess of love and beauty. She was an essential element of many Greek myths. Legend says that Aphrodite could be kind or merciless. Most of the myths about Aphrodite are, well, rather focused on Aphrodite. Not that she was vain. It was simply a fact. Aphrodite knew that she was the fairest in the land. To be fair to Aphrodite, she was not at all like Ares, the god of war. Ares loved to cause pain and havoc. Aphrodite was only merciless if you did something that truly angered her. Unfortunately, Aphrodite was easily angered, especially when it came to vanity. For example, if you believe the old myth, it was not a quarrel over land or goods, but was instead Aphrodite's vanity that caused the Trojan War. Another Short Story Though Aphrodite was married to the ugly Smith God, Hephaestus, it was not by her choice but by arrangement of Hera. Her true love was Ares, the God of War. The two conceived three children: Phobus, Deimus, and Harmonia. They were also said to have been the parents of Eros and Anteros. Another of Aphrodite's greatest loves was a man named Adonis. From his birth, she placed him in the care of Persephone, who also fell in love with him and refused to give him back when the time came. Ares' jealousy eventually caused the death of poor Adonis. Aphrodite is also the mother of Aeneas, a Trojan who supposedly founded Rome. Zeus made her fall in love with Anchises as a punishment, and she warned him never to reveal that Aeneas was her son. Being a mere mortal, he couldn't keep his mouth shut and was stricken with blindness and paralysis.