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Bullfinch once said Mythology is the handmaid of literature That means that mythology is necessarily subservient or subordinate to literature I personally think that is not true Let me introduce myself My name is Aphrodite goddess of beauty and sexual desire Mythology is important and interesting In fact I think I may be the most interesting of all the gods Well at least the most beautiful In this auto biographical paper I will reveal to you who I am how I relate to mythology and a famous story about myself Let me start with my birth Many think I was born out of murder They say that when Cronos butchered his father he flung the dismembered body into the sea where it floated spouting blood and foam From the foam rose me a tall beautiful maiden with long blond hair the color of daffodils Other legends say that I am the daughter of Cronos and Rheia or Jupiter and Dionne I am married to Hephaestus god of fire and metal work Shortly after birth my poor husband was cast out of Olympus because of his deformities My son is the famous arrow shooting Cupid We are almost always together and Cupid is always shooting darts of desire in to the bosoms of Gods and men I hate to admit it but in a way I am responsible for the Trojan War One day Discord threw an apple on to Olympus to be given to the most beautiful goddess Hera Athene and I all tried to claim the title Each of us tried to persaude the judge Paris in our favor Hera told him he would be a powerful ruler Athene promised him that he would receive great military fame and I guaranteed him Helen of Troys hand in marriage He then declared me the fairest of all and abducted Helen of Troy thus beginning the Trojan War I have
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