Aphrodite was the goddess of love, desire and beauty. Apart from her natural beauty, she also had a magical girdle that compelled everyone to desire her. There are two accounts of her birth. According to one, she was the daughter of Zeus and Dione, the mother goddess worshipped at the Oracls of Dodona. However, the other account, which is more prevalent, informs us that she arose from the sea on a giant scallop, after Cronus castrated Uranus and tossed his severed genitals into the sea. Aphrodite then walked to the shore of Cyprus. In a different version of the myth, she was born near the island of Cythera, hence her epithet "Cytherea". Aphrodite represented sex, affection, and the attraction that binds people together. Aphrodite Is also called Venus, Afrodite.

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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.

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Greek Gods: Aphrodite