Aphrodite in Wikipedia
Aphrodite (Greek: Ἀφροδίτη, IPA: /apʰrodíːtɛː/; English: /
ˌćfrɵˈdaɪtiː/; Latin: Venus) is the Greek goddess of love,
beauty, and sexuality. According to Greek poet Hesiod, she was
born when Cronus cut off Uranus' genitals and threw them into
the sea, and from the aphros (sea foam) arose Aphrodite.
Because of her beauty other gods feared that jealousy would
interrupt the peace among them and lead to war, and so Zeus
married her to Hephaestus, who was not viewed as a threat. Her
unhappiness in marriage caused her to frequently seek out the
companionship of her lover Ares. Aphrodite also became
instrumental in the Eros and Psyche legend, and later was both
Adonis' lover and his surrogate mother.
Aphrodite is also known as Cytherea (Lady of Cythera) and
Cypris (Lady of Cyprus) after the two places, Cythera and
Cyprus, which claimed her birth. Her Roman equivalent is the
goddess Venus. Myrtles, doves, sparrows, horses, and swans are
sacred to her. The Greeks identified the Ancient Egyptian
goddess Hathor with Aphrodite, but it is possible that her
cult was imported in Greece from Phoenecia, where she was
worshipped as Astarte...