APHRODITE BY ALYANA
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The Three Fates assigned to Aphrodite one divine duty only - to
make love. Tough work, but someone's got to do it!
According to the writer Hesiod, however, one day the goddess of
war, wisdom and the crafts, Athena, caught Aphrodite secretly at
work on a loom, weaving some colorful cloth.
Athena complained that Aphrodite had infringed on her own duties
and threatened to abandon them altogether. Aphrodite proceeded
to apologize profusely to Athena and has never done any work
Opposite Aphrodite high on Mount Olympus sat the god of War,
Ares, and the two had an ongoing notorious love affair that
scandalized all of Olympus. Ares and Aphrodite were always
holding hands and giggling in the corners of the palace, which
made her husband Hephaestus very jealous.
One night the two lovers stayed a little longer in bed and when
Helios, the Sun God rose and saw them, he proceeded to tell
The jealous husband then fashioned an invisible bronze hunting
net and captured the two lovebirds, but when he assembled the
Olympians to render judgment, they wanted nothing to do with
Zeus even told Hephaestus that he was stupid to make such a
golden girdle for his wife, and that he shouldn't be surprised
that men could not resist her. How true!
Aphrodite had three children by Ares - Phobus, Deimus and
Harmonia. She pretended these were her husband's and presented
them as such to Hephaestus.
Aphrodite wasn't very faithful to her husband, to say the least.
Some of her other lovers included Dionysus, god of wine, the
messenger god Hermes, and the King of the Sea, Poseidon.
Two of her more famous mortal lovers were Adonis and Anchises
(see below). Aphrodite "thanked" Hermes for not taking her
husband's side when she was caught with Ares by spending the
night with him. The result was Hermaphroditus, a double-sexed
Equally grateful to Poseidon for siding with her, Aphrodite bore
him two sons, Rhodus and Herophilus. But Hephaestus was so in
love with his wife that he chose to overlook her numerous
indiscretions. She was the goddess of Love, after all!
Aphrodite's union with Dionysus produced Priapus, a horribly
ugly child with enormous genitals. This revolting and obscene
appearance was a punishment from Hera, wife to Zeus, who
disapproved of Aphrodite's promiscuous ways.
Both Aphrodite and the Queen of the Underworld, Persephone,
loved a handsome young mortal named Adonis. The two goddesses
created such a stir that Zeus was asked to decide Adonis' fate.
Zeus ruled that Adonis could spend one-third of the year with
Aphrodite, one-third with Persephone, and the other third was
his to do as he wished. Needless to say, Adonis chose to spend
his own time with Aphrodite, until he was gored to death by a
Some say it was Ares, the jilted lover, who killed Adonis in the
form of a boar. Indeed, that was the case. Ares had witnessed
Aphrodite's love for Adonis and felt extreme jealousy. How come
she never loved him so passionately, he thought to himself.
So the jealous lover used his godly powers to transform himself
into a ferocious wild boar. Adonis, never one to shy away from a
challenging hunt, took the bait and pursued the disguised god
into the forest.
Event though the handsome man put up a fierce fight, his spear
had no effect on the god/boar. The beast took the opportunity to
gore Adonis, killing the handsome man instantly.
A crimson flower sprang up where each drop of his blood had
stained the earth. It is said that every year the Greek maidens
mourned for him and each spring they rejoiced when his flower,
the blood-red anemone, the windflower, was seen blooming again.
Anchises, King of the Dardanians, another one of her mortal
lovers, bragged about his conquest of Aphrodite in a tavern
while buzzed on cheap wine, causing Zeus, the king of the
Olympian gods, to strike him with one of his patented
thunderbolts for his impudence.
Aphrodite intervened and deflected the bolt with her magic
girdle into the feet of Anchises. He lived, but was so weakened
by the shock that he never stood upright again.
They had a famous son named Aeneas, who fought in the Trojan War
and later moved on to Italy. The Romans believed many of their
eminent families descended from Aeneas.
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