Aphrodite - School District of Clayton

By: Lexi Collins
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…
● 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
Things that symbolize Aphrodite…
o Rose
o Scallop Shells
o Swan
o Sparrow
o Dove
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
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.