Other stories and myths
Adonis and Aphrodite: A myth about beauty and love
In the story of Aphrodite and Adonis, both Aphrodite and Persephone, goddess of fertility and death, love Adonis, a beautiful young man. Adonis is killed by a wild boar while he is on the hunt: Aphrodite begs Zeus to restore him to life, but Persephone also demands that he be brought back to life for her sake. Zeus settles the dispute by resurrecting Adonis, but commands him to live six months in the upper world with Aphrodite and six months in the lower world with Persephone.
This myth is an expression of the archetypal motif of the dead or dying lover and his resurrection. The motif is one of the most potent in mythology and recurs in various forms, not only in Greek and Roman mythology, but in other mythologies as well. The rudiments are often the same: a divinity falls in love with a mortal; the mortal suffers death in one way or another; and the mortal experiences resurrection. In the story of Aphrodite and Adonis, the resurrection is a demonstration of the power of love, symbolized by Aphrodite, to bestow life.