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Aphrodite: Greek Goddess of Love
Transcript of Aphrodite: Greek Goddess of Love
In Greek Mythology she is known as Aphrodite.
Goddess of Love and Beauty.
In Roman Mythology, her name is Venus.
Myth: Paris and the Golden Apple
It all started when Eris, the goddess of discord,
realized that she had not been invited to the marriage of the
King Peleus with the sea Nymph Thetis- a marriage that took
place on the Mountain of Pelion in Thessaly, in Central Greece.
Eris was so furious about her exclusion that she decided to go to the wedding and throw a golden apple, the fruit of temptation, to the banquet table. The apple was supposed to go out to the "Calliste"- the fairest one.
Three goddesses claimed the beautiful golden apple: Hera, the mature goddess of Marriage; Athena, the sophisticated goddess of Wisdom; and Aphrodite, the sensual goddess of Love.
Zeus, the King of the gods, had a hard time to decide, since all three were dear to him, so he left the judgement to the most handsome young man- the Trojan Prince Paris.
Hera and Athena did their best to bribe Paris with power and glory... Aphrodite, on the other hand, seduced him with love, offering him the most beautiful woman in the world: the legendary Helen of Sparta.
Paris opted for Aphrodite and so Helen was taken away from Sparta to become Helen of Troy.
If Aphrodite was living in our modern world, she would
live in Paris because it's the city of love. She would be one
of those girls that was born rich so she never has to work,
though she would always be giving advice on other people's love lives. Most of her time would be spent with Ares or other rich mortals that she made friends with. Her beauty would still be unmatched, so she would be more popular than her other friends. She would go to parties and keep up on celebrity gossip and just be really in touch with the more girly side of our pop culture. She would also be living in our present time because right now we are known as generation love.
Her Family Tree.
Depending on the story you
read Aphrodite was either born from
Zeus and Dione or when Cronus castrated
Ouranos and tossed his genitals into the sea, she
arose from the sea foam and walked to shore on Cyprus. Because she was so desirable Zeus thought there may be conflict over who would marry her, so he married her off to Hephaestus. Aphrodite was disgusted by her husband though, and had many affairs.
A Few Other Things About Her...
Aphrodite is the patron to the island Cyprus, which is where she walked to shore after being born from the sea foam.
Her powers included being able to make any man fall in love with her at first sight, she was able to make other people fall in love, and she could make anything beautiful or lovely. She also had the magic girdle that Hephaestus made for her that made men fall in love with anyone who wore it, which made her even more irresistible than she already was.
Aphrodite was very vain. She only cared about beauty and love, and was therefore disgusted by her husband, Hephaestus, and instead wanted his brother Ares, the god
of war. She punished humans who were said to be more beautiful than her, and used her powers to get what
Aphrodite would listen to mostly pop music, maybe a little country, but any form of love song. She would be one of those girls who loves One Direction, Hunter Hayes, and Ariana Grande because almost all of their songs are romantic and easy to relate to.
Mythology Olympian Assignment
For Mrs. Sluzewski
By: Kayla Anfenson
Some Fun Things...
Goddess of Love
Getting To Know Her...
A Little Bit More...
Her animal symbols include the dove, swan, dolphin, sparrow, bee, and goat.
Her colors were red, pink, violet, silver, aqua, sea foam green, and any shade of light blue.
Of her 19 children, 14 were gods and 5 were mortals.
Songs That Would Describe Her...
Somebody's Heartbreak ~Hunter Hayes
Because all the guys would fall in love with her and want her to be theirs.
Never Been Hurt ~Demi Lovato
Because she is in love with all of her affairs, and even when one parishes, she loves the next like she's never been hurt before.
Because if a guy breaks her heart, she has all those other guys that want her,
so he can easily be replaced.
Aphrodite would vacation in different places all over Europe, from Greece, to Berlin, to London, just everywhere.
In her spare time she would shop, travel, dance, just relax and listen to music, or catch up on the most recent news about her favorite celebrities.
I would like to think I would be friends with Aphrodite if she lived in our time, but I'm also not sure if I would be able to put up with her personality.
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