Aphrodite: Goddess of Love Essay

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Briana O’Brien Final Research Project ENG 230 Aphrodite: Goddess of love In Greek mythology, each god or goddess has a unique affinity. For example, Athena is the Goddess of war, Poseidon is the God of the sea, and Aphrodite is a famous goddess known for representing beauty, love, and fertility. Aphrodite is quite popular in our world as she is the symbol of the infinitely desirable female. Aphrodite is very mysterious; there is no definite reason of how she was conceived, although there are two stories. One is that she is the result of a fight between the gods Ouranos and Cronus. Cronus rips off and throws Ouranos’ genitals into the sea and when his flesh mixes with the sea foam, Aphrodite is conceived. “And so soon as he had…show more content…
This resulted in her wounding herself to save his life. (Dean) Aphrodite was known for having many love affairs. She had an arranged marriage, set up by Zeus, with Hephaestus, the ugliest of the gods. Her true love was Ares, the god of war and violence. Hephaestus knew of the affair and to get back at her, he humiliated her in front of all the gods by setting a trap for the lovers. When the two were about to make love, they were scooped up into a net where all the gods could witness her betrayal. Ares and Aphrodite conceived many children: Eros being the most famous. He is also known as Cupid. (“Aphrodite History”) Ares was not Aphrodite’s only love. She was also infatuated with the mortal Adonis. She first laid eyes on him when he was only an infant. She immediately fell in love with his beauty. She took him away from an incestuous union and placed him in the hands of Persephone, the goddess of the underworld, who also fell for him. Growing up, Adonis would go off hunting. When Aphrodite had to go far away, she warned him not to go out far in the forest and to flee from an animal if it did not run from him. He did not listen to her and was killed by a boar, who is rumored to have been Ares acting out of jealousy. Adonis was sent to the underworld and must spend half a year with Persephone and the other half with Aphrodite. (Greeka) Aphrodite represents erotic love as a fascinating form of divine influence. The nude Aphrodite has powerful meaning and
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