Let’s talk about Aphrodite; she was the Goddess of Love, Beauty, Fertility and Desire
You may well know her better by her Roman name, Venus.
According to Homer she was the daughter of Zeus and Dione, and there are many tales and stories surrounding Aphrodite and about her birth and life, another version of her birth was that Uranus (the father of the gods) had his vitals cut off by his son Cronus (nice boy wasn’t he) he then threw them into the ocean causing the ocean to churn and foam (well it would wouldn’t it) and from that foam arose Aphrodite.
This all took place around Cyprus where in modern times the Venus DE Milo was found, she married Hephaestus A dark haired short man, who was a bit of a boozer and had difficulty walking due to malformed feet, Aphrodite herself was a real beauty so he didn’t do so bad for himself did he? (there’s hope for us all) he was the one who made her a girdle of gold and wove magic into the filigree work, this would make her irresistible to all men, silly really because of her amazing beauty she already them buzzing around her like bees to a honey pot.
Marriage for women in ancient Greece wasn’t so much about the love and commitment, which might explain why she married him. Aphrodite was said to incite feelings of love and lust wherever she went, and that she slept with both gods and mortals and of course she was dead keen on Adonis, he was quite a looker himself.
Another story is that Paris chose her, as the fairest of the three goddesses (the others were Hera and Athena) and she rewarded him for giving her the Golden Apple (which is where the idea of the today’s award system came from) by giving him the love of Helen of Troy, mind you, that was a bit of a poison chalice.
The Fates, who decided when and where anyone should be born and what you will do with your life (Bossy lot weren’t they) gave Aphrodite one divine duty, to make love, and because of this it is probably why, she was also the patron goddess of prostitution.
The high and mighty Aphrodite
Made love to both gods and men
With her frilly Nightie she made love nightly
Again and again and again
Her life had to steer, with her given career
As the goddess of beauty and love
Adonis was fun of the many she won
As Zeus frowned and looked down from above
She delighted her men with her power and grace
With a lust that was hungry and wild
Not many refused her inviting embrace
As they left her, she waved and just smiled……Johnnydod 2010.
During her life Aphrodite produce many children most from different fathers among those from the gods were Ares god of war, and Eros there’s a famous statue of him in Piccadilly Circus London, and at least five from Mortals
The statue of the Venus Di Milo was discovery on the island of Melos in 1820 it won an instant and lasting fame with her naked torso dated from around 100BC it had holes where it was assumed metal (maybe gold) earrings, bracelets and a headband, her arms were never found, (I wont do the “She was armless” joke) oh I did, it can be seen today at the Louvre Museum in Paris France.