18 Interesting Facts About the Alluringly Beautiful and Attractive Aphrodite
Here are some of the most significant facts about the ever beautiful goddess of love - Aphrodite.
1. Aside from being the Greek goddess of love, beauty and others, Aphrodite is also regarded as the goddess of procreation.
2. Venus is her Roman equivalent to whom a famous sculpture is named – the Venus de Milo which is more proper to say “Aphrodite de Milo”.
3. The Greeks further identified the Ancient Egyptian goddess Hathor, goddess of beauty and love for the Egyptians, with Aphrodite
4. Aphrodite is also known as Cytherea or Lady of Cythera and Cypris or Lady of Cyprus. These names were taken after the two cult-sites, Cythera and Cyprus, which claimed her birth.
5. Aphrodite also has many other local names, such as Acidalia and Cerigo, used in specific areas of Greece.
6. Aphrodite was said to have the girdle with magical powers that was responsible for people falling in love.
7. Aphrodite was born when Cronus cut off Uranus’ genitals and threw them into the sea.
8. From the sea foam or aphros [foam for Greek] arose Aphrodite. She was born in Cyprus and is of an older generation than Zeus, the Greek chief god.
9. Aphrodite’s cult in Greece was imported from, or influenced by, the cult of Astarte in Phoenicia, now known as Lebanon. Astarte is the Semitic goddess of sexual love and fertility
10. Zeus married her to Hephaestus, the god of war. Because of her beauty, other gods feared that jealousy would interrupt the peace among them and lead to war.
11. Aphrodite had many lovers, both gods and men that is why she is also regarded as the goddess of lust. Ares, the god of war, is one of her lover.
12. Mortal men who were romantically involved with Aphrodite were Anchises and Adonis.
13. She was both Adonis’ lover and his surrogate mother.
14. Aphrodite is the mother of Eros – god of love, Himeros – god of sexual desire, Pothos – god of longing and yearning and Himeros.
15. The Graces or Charites are her children with Dionysus - the god of wine. Several lesser beings were believed to be children of Aphrodite.
16. Animals such as doves, sparrows, swans and horses are considered sacred to Aphrodite. The bird Myrtle is also sacred to her.
17. Attic philosophers of the 4th century separated a celestial Aphrodite or Aphrodite Urania of transcendent principles with the common Aphrodite of the people or Aphrodite Pandemos.
18. Aeneas, a Trojan hero, was Aphrodite’s son to Anchices, the prince from Dardania. She has no child with her husband Hephaestus.