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Aphrodite was the goddess of love beauty and fertility She is said to have been the daughter of Jupiter and Dione but other myths say that she sprang full-grown from the foam of the sea near the island Cythera Not only was she the goddess of beauty but she was also a protector of sailors and Aphrodite held great power over both mortals and immortals So it should come as no surprise that she is written about in many myths poems and plays While some legends of Aphrodite direct their themes towards love and desire some of the most interesting myths deal with the consequences that the goddess Aphrodite went through as a result of being the victim of love Aphrodite was married to the god of smiths Hephaistos However on numerous occasions Aphrodite slept with men other than her husband both mortal and immortal One affair she had was with the god of war Mars This is especially infamous because as a result of this Aphrodite gave birth to Cupid the god of love The ancient Romans often depicted Cupid as winged child or baby who carried a bow and quiver full of arrows This association between Venus and Cupid was quite popular in myth poetry literature and art Cupid is perceived to be angel-like This is due to a number of Roman and a Greek myth during the third and fourth century AD Cupid was not always childlike After the birth of his brother Anteros he rapidly grew to become a winged man He was Aphrodites constant companion and armed with bow and arrows of desire he would shoot them into the likes of both gods and men Bulfinch 2 Cupid was a god who was in charge of passionate and physical love He was the god created to harness the power into mortals with such force that it consumes them That is why he
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