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Aphrodite: Goddess of Love and Beauty

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kayla allen

on 3 December 2012

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Transcript of Aphrodite: Goddess of Love and Beauty

Created by: Kayla Allen Greek Mythology: Project Aphrodite Goddess of Love and Beauty Background Other Nicknames her Story Her Powers Rising from the foam off of the islands of Cyprus or Kythira. Her parents are Zeus, King of the Gods, and Dione, an early earth/mother goddess. Her husband is Hephaestus, the lame smith-god. Also associated with Ares, god of War. Aphrodite rises from the foam of the waves of the sea, enchanting anyone who sees her and inciting feelings of love and lust wherever she goes. She is a contender in the story of the Golden Apples, when Paris chooses her as the fairest of the three goddesses (the others were Hera and Athena) and Aphrodite decides to "reward" him for giving her the Golden Apple, by giving him the love of Helen of Troy, something of a mixed blessing that led to the Trojan War. The son of Aphrodite is Eros, who is both a Cupid-like figure and an early major god. Her Girdle is her symbol, which has magical powers to compel love. Daughter of Kronos
Of Uranus and Hemera Aphrodite, she was the personification of the generative powers of nature, and the mother of all living beings. But according to the popular belief of the Greeks and their poetical descriptions, she was the goddess of love, who excited this passion in the hearts of gods and men, and by this power ruled over all the living creation. Zeus' part in Aphrodite's Life As Aphrodite so often kindled in the hearts of the gods a love for mortals, Zeus at last resolved to make her pay for her wanton sport by inspiring her too with love for a mortal man. This was accomplished, and Aphrodite conceived an invincible passion for Anchises, by whom she became the mother of Aeneas and Lyrus. Works Cited http://www.theoi.com/Olympios/Aphrodite.html http://gogreece.about.com/cs/mythology/a/mythaphrodite.htm
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