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Katrina Terhune

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Transcript of Aphrodite

What is my name?
Goddess of what? What powers?
Who Am I?
What do I look like?
Was Aphrodite good or bad?
I am Aphrodite. The Romans called me Venus. There are people who refer to me as the Cyprian or Cyprus.
Being the goddess of beauty and physical attraction, I am beautiful. I am often depicted with flowing, orange hair and green eyes.
Who was Aphrodite related to and how were they related?
The goddess was mostly good. But she would sometimes cause trouble in relationships.
What is a famous story of Aphrodite?
Aphrodite secretly had an affair with many gods like Ares, the god war, and had two sons while she was married to Hephaetus.
Did she have any cults or special rituals?
Homer and the Odyssey
Aphrodite and mortals
Aphrodite's home
Aphrodite was known to live by a forest with animals.
Acidalia was a spring she used for bathing, located in Boeotia (Virgil I, 720).
Aphrodite was also called Kypris or Cytherea after her birth-places in Cyprus and Cythera, respectively, both centers of her cult.
Her festival, Aphrodisia, was celebrated across Greece, but particularly in Athens and Corinth.
At the temple of Aphrodite on the summit of Acrocorinth, fertility rituals were considered a method of worshiping Aphrodite.
"Aphrodite is the goddess of love, beauty, and sexual rapture"
Source: Lindemans, Micha F. "Aphrodite." Aphrodite. MMIX Encyclopedia Mythica™, 03 Mar. 1997. Web. 04 Feb. 2014.
http://www.orderwhitemoon.org/goddess/Aphrodite.html (current cult)
In his epic of the Trojan War, Homer tells how Aphrodite intervened in battle to save her son Aeneas, a Trojan ally.
Elsewhere in Homer's Iliad , Aphrodite saves Paris when he is about to be killed in single combat by Menelaus.
The goddess wraps him in a mist and spirits him away, setting him down in his own bedroom in Troy. She then appears to Helen in the guise of an elderly handmaiden and tells her that Paris is waiting for her.
Aphrodite did interact with mortals, often getting involved with mortal relationships.
In multiple portrails, Aphrodite was born from the sea foam off of Cyprus.
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