Aphrodite: Goddess of Love

702 Words Apr 26th, 2013 3 Pages
Aphrodite: Goddess of Love When anyone with a general knowledge of Greek mythology hears her name, their mind automatically shifts to images of beauty. Beauty is what Aphrodite stands for. She is the Greek goddess of love, beauty, and fertility. Aphrodite has a very loving, compassionate nature. Due to her nature, she has numerous powers. They include, but are not limited to, influencing birth, life, love, death and fate. She uses her beauty to her advantage and with it can leave her lover defenseless to her charm. Unfortunately, possessing these powers had their disadvantages. Aphrodite had a great sense of confidence, and with that she was very vain, bad tempered, and jealous. Her promiscuity also caused her to be very unfaithful …show more content…
She only ever had one husband, Hephaestus, the god of the forge. When Aphrodite started showing her more provocative side, Zeus realized what kind of trouble she could cause. In an attempt to prevent this, he forced her to marry Hephaestus. Though he has a good heart, Hephaestus was not a very popular or beautiful god. He was overjoyed with his luck when Zeus demanded that they marry, but Aphrodite was not happy with her husband, so she insisted on an “open marriage” so that she could continue on with her many love affairs. Her lovers included the gods Ares, Dionysius, Hermes, Poseidon, and the mortal Anchises and produced many children as well. Eros, also known as Cupid, the god of love, was her favorite. Harmonid was the son of Aphrodite and Hephaestus, and Aneas was the son of her and her mortal lover, Anchises . Her children each had different powers and gifts, and with them to aid her, Aphrodite was introduced to yet another power: the ability to control a huge part of the world. When she wasn’t with one of her lovers, Aphrodite was known to cause drama within the worlds of the gods as well as that of the mortals. One great example of this is when she caused the Trojan War. When Paris of Troy was asked to choose who he thought was the most beautiful goddess, he choose Aphrodite over Athena and Hera. In exchange, Aphrodite promised him the most beautiful woman in the world. Of course this was Helen, who just so happened to be the wife of the Greek king.