Aphrodite, the goddess of love and fertility, was portrayed and revered in many different ways. Because she was the goddess of sexuality Aphrodite holds great power over both mortals and immortals. Aphrodite is a particularly interesting goddess who possesses a constant desire to show the other gods how powerful she is. Even Aphrodite’s attendants represent women embodiment. She deceives several gods, not only to gain their trust but also to make herself known and respected. Because she is the goddess of beauty she has numerous with relationships with several gods, some including Ares, Anchises, and Hermes. Aphrodite was one of the twelve main gods and was one of the most powerful when it came to the opposite sex. Aphrodite, when portrayed in a work of art, represents all that female sexuality possesses. She is believed to have inspired all lust in all the humans and animals on earth. Aphrodite was portrayed as a goddess of immense beauty and a power, but also one that was vain and easily offended.
There are numerous myths surrounding the birth of Aphrodite, but the one most commonly spoken of is that she was born out of sea foam as her name literally means sea foam. It is said that she arose full-grown and nude out of the ocean and then rode to the shore of Cythera on a scallop. She found Cythera to be to small and so went to live in Pathos. This immediately gives an idea of the kind of goddess Aphrodite is, one who expects the best for herself. Her vanity and self-obsession is made evident from the moment she is born.
One of the more famous Aphrodite tales is that of Aphrodite and Ankhises. When Ankhises originally meets Aphrodite he greets her as a goddess and asks for her blessing. She deceives Ankhises and convinces him that she is in fact a mortal. Quickly after learning this Ankhises undresses Aphrodite and has sex with her. She becomes pregnant and bears an immortal son and soon reveals to Ankhises that she is in fact immortal. She reveals this to...
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