Mythology & Beliefs: Aphrodite (Venus) In Greek and Roman mythology Aphrodite (Venus) was a celestial deity. Aphrodite (Venus) was the goddess of beauty, the mother of love, the queen of laughter, and the mistress of the graces. She was one of the most popular deities in the ancient world. She was the wife of Vulcan, daughter of Zeus and Dione and the mother of Eros. Aphrodite (Venus) was believed to have sprung from the foam of the sea, near the island of Cythera. In statues Aphrodite (Venus) is seen holding a shell in her hand, wearing a crown of roses, a young virgin, rising from the sea and riding in the shell, drawn in an ivory car, with her son Cupid, by swans, doves, or sparrows. In ancient Rome Aphrodite (Venus) was the Goddess of love. (Also see Venus). - Greek Mythology
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Aphrodite (Greek: Ἀφροδίτη, IPA: /apʰrodÝːtɛː/; English: /
ˌŠfrɵˈdaɪtiː/; 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...