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The Goddess Of Love: Aphrodite Essay

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Aphrodite: the Goddess of Love Introduction L-O-V-E can mean many things to people. There are so many ways to describe love it is unbelievable. However, many don't think that love is controlled by one thing especially a human or god. The ancient Greeks and the Romans seemed to think that one god was in control of love. They believed that a woman of great beauty was the goddess of love and they called her Aphrodite, Venus in Roman mythology. They believed that she was the goddess of love, beauty, and desire. Aphrodite was lover and mother of many. She was the forbidden fruit every man had to have a bite from.Her Birthplace Aphrodite's birth has many origins. From religion to religion, her birth happens differently or she has different parents. In Greek mythology, she was said to be the daughter of Zeus and Dione (Iliad) and others have said that she was Dione herself. This same belief of Aphrodite having parents is believed by other religions ad cultures but her parents are different. Some say she was the daughter of Uranus and Gaia, making her a Titaness. Another story involving Uranus was saying that Urania, another name for Aphrodite, sprung from foam near the island of Cytheria and went on to Cyprus (two very sacred islands) after Cronos castrated Uranus and threw his testicles in the Ocean and fertilizing her. This made Uranus and the Ocean the parents of Urania. In other cultures, she is the daughter of Oceanus and Tethys, making her an Oceanid. She is also said to have sprung from the foam of the sea, full-grown, naked and in a scallop shell walking to the shore of Cyprus. Her name means "foam risen" or " Born of Foam".What She Stands For"¦ Aphrodite, also known as Venus in Roman mythology, is the goddess of beauty, love and desire. The Romans and the Greeks wrote of her the same way. She was the " beautiful, golden goddess" (Homeric Hymns). "With her comes beauty, winds flee before her and the storm clouds; sweet flowers embroider the earth; the waves of the sea laugh; she moves in radiant light." (Hamilton 33). Known as the Triple Goddess, Aphrodite takes on three forms, Aphrodite Genetrix, Aphrodite Urania and Aphrodite Pandemos. Aphrodite Genetrix is the goddess of marriage. Aphrodite Urania is the goddess of love, born of Sea, queen of heavens and uniter of Heaven, Earth and Sea. Aphrodite Pandemos is the goddess of sex and lust and mistress of ladies of the night. Aphrodite also has many attributes. Here trees are the myrtle and lime tree, her animal is the dolphin, her birds are the dove and swan and pomegrante is her fruit.Her Family Tree: the Immediate Family Because of the variations in Aphrodite's birth, her parents vary with story to story too. The most common stories are that she has no parents or that she is the daughter of Zeus and Dione. Aphrodite also has many brothers and sisters on his father's side of the family. Hermes is the closest sibling to her. She had more imtimate...

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