Aphrodite: Goddess of Love

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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 towards her various lovers. Aphrodite has a variety of different powers. Because of her beauty and promiscuous nature, she could take control of a number of emotions in her lovers. While engaging in sexual activities with various humans, as well as gods, Aphrodite could melt their defenses purely out of lust; leaving her lovers completely unarmed. Obviously the power to do this came to her advantage in many situations. Some of her other numerous powers included fertility, the growth and harvest of crops, descent to the underworld, as well as birth, life, love and fate. There are two popular myths explaining Aphrodite’s birth. One of her myths is found in the works of Homer, and simply says that Aphrodite is the daughter of the god of thunder, Zeus, and Dione. The poet Hesiod’s account of how she was born is very different from Homer’s. Hesiod wrote that the god Cronus was very angry with his father, Uranus. Cronus and Uranus fought, and in the end Cronus ended up castrating Uranus and throwing the severed genitals of the sky god into the ocean. As they touched the water, it is said that Aphrodite arose from the sea foam, fully grown,…...

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