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Facts about Aphrodite

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Interesting Facts about Aphrodite - Pictures of Aphrodite
Our fast facts and information about the Greek goddess Aphrodite are brought to life with some interesting pictures depicting her role in various myths and legends of the ancient Greeks. 

  •  Fact 1: She was the goddess of beauty, love, sexuality, passion and desire

  • Fact 2: Although she was married to Hephaestus she had many lovers who included Ares, Dionysus, Hermes, Adonis, Poseidon, Nerites, Anchises, Butes, Phaon and Phaethon

  • Fact 3: She was one of the 12 Olympian gods who resided on the summit of Mount Olympus. Her Roman counterpart was called Venus

  • Fact 4: Dione was one of the Oceanides, a descendent of the Titans, and a lover of Zeus, they had a daughter, Aphrodite the goddess of love and was the mother of Eros, god of love

  • Fact 5: Her son Eros was often depicted carrying a hare, as a symbol of unquenchable desire.

  • Fact 6: She offered Eros a unique ball as a gift if he would do her bidding. She said the it was as good as any gift he could get from Hephaestus

  • Fact 7: Her Greek name Aphrodite, gave us the word "aphrodisiac"

  • Fact 8: Her Latin name Venus, gave us the word "venereal"

  • Fact 9: Her skin was said to be 'whiter than ivory', her hair as golden as the yellow rays of the setting sun and her eyes were as blue as the summer sky

  • Fact 10: She and Ares were the parents of Phobos (fear), Deimos (terror), Harmonia (harmony), Eros (love) Himeros (desire), Pothos (passion), and Anteros (mutual love)

  • Fact 11: In the legend of the Golden Apple of Discord Hera, Athena and Aphrodite all claimed to be the fairest goddess. Paris, the Prince of Troy, awarded it to Aphrodite beginning a chain of events that led to the Trojan War.

  • Fact 12: She ordered Psyche to go to the regions of Hades in the Under-world, and ask Proserpine, the consort of Hades for a box of precious ointment.

  • Fact 13: She and Hephaestus had no children together, but both had children with other lovers

  • Fact 14: She featured in a myth referred to as the 'Deception of Zeus' in which Hera, the Queen of the gods, enlists the help of the goddess to make her beautiful in preparation for seducing Zeus.

  • Fact 15: In another famous legend Aphrodite cast a spell on Pasiphae, the wife of King Minos. The spell caused Pasiphae to fall in love with a bull and the result of this union was the monstrous Minotaur, a man-eating monster with the head of a bull on the body of a man. The Minotaur was eventually killed by Theseus.

  • Fact 16: Pygmalion, a sculptor, made a statue that was more beautiful than any woman that had ever lived. He prayed to the goddess to change his statue into a real woman and she granted his wish.

  • Fact 17: Handsome Adonis was one of the lovers of the goddess and was hated by the god Ares who caused his death. In the legend of Adonis every drop of blood that fell from his wounds became a red rose 

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