Aphrodite is the goddess associated with love, lust, beauty, pleasure, passion and procreation. In Laconia, Aphrodite was worshipped as a warrior goddess.

In Hesiod’s Theogony, Aphrodite is born off the coast of Cythera from the foam (ἀφρός, aphrós) produced by Uranus’s genitals, which his son Cronus had severed and thrown into the sea. In Homer’s Iliad, however, she is the daughter of Zeus and Dione. Aphrodite had many other epithets, each emphasizing a different aspect of the same goddess, or used by a different local cult. Thus she was also known as Cytherea (Lady of Cythera) and Cypris (Lady of Cyprus), because both locations claimed to be the place of her birth.

Aphrodite was married to Hephaestus, the god of fire, blacksmiths and metalworking. Aphrodite was frequently unfaithful to him and had many lovers. Eris, the goddess of discord, became enraged because she was not invited to the wedding of a fellow god and goddess. She tossed the guests an apple with the inscription, “For the Fairest.” Aphrodite Hera and Athena thought the apple was intended for them. To end the dispute, Paris, a mortal, was given the task of judging. The apple was awarded to Aphrodite. The other goddesses were furious and brought devastation on Paris and his family. According to legend, the clamor eventually led to the Trojan War.


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