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The Goddess of Love Aphrodite was an ancient Greek goddess of sexual love and beauty identified by the Romans as Venus The basis for her name came from the Greek word aphros meaning foam The legend arose that Aphrodite was born from the white foam produced by the severed genitals of Uranus Heaven after his son Cronus threw them into the sea Aphrodite was in fact widely worshiped as a goddess of the sea and of seafaring and she was also honored as a goddess of war especially at Sparta Thebes Cyprus and other locations throughout Europe Aphrodite was however primarily a goddess of love and fertility and even occasionally presided over marriage Her ability to influence the lives of many in history made her an important goddess in Greek culture In Homers Iliad Aphrodite is said to be the daughter of Zeus and Dione a Titan goddess After Aphrodite grew from the foam of Uranus genitals Zephyrus the west wind carried her gently on a shell to Cyprus which was always regarded as her real home There the Hours met her clothed her and brought her to the gods Aphrodite was worshipped and by everyone including other gods Even Zeus himself wanted this beautiful golden goddess as his wife Aphrodite was too proud and rejected them all to symbolize her bolding beauty To punish her Zeus gave her to Hephaestus the lame and ugly god of the forge This good-natured craftsman built her a wonderful palace on Cyprus Aphrodite the lover that she was soon left him for Ares Mars the handsome god of war One of their children was Eros Cupid the winged god of love Always eager to help lovers in distress Aphrodite was equally quick to punish those who resisted the call of love Cupid following the footsteps of his mother shot golden arrows into the hearts of those his mother wanted to unite in marriage Aphrodite also had
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