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Oh, I already know that I'm the fairest of them all. I'm not too self-conscious that I need a golden apple to boost my own confidence. I simply just want to piss off Hera and Athena. That's all.
Aphrodite.

Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love, beauty, passion, fertility, pleasure, and procreation. She is the ancestor of the Roman people through her son Aeneas, who survived the fall of Troy and fled to an area in Italy that would eventually become the Roman Empire.

Overview

The Ancient Greek goddess of all aspects of sexuality, love and beauty, Aphrodite could entice both gods and men into illicit affairs with her good looks and whispered sweet nothings. Aphrodite had a much wider significance than the traditional view as a mere goddess of love and sex. Worshiped by men, women, and city-state officials, she also played a role in the commerce, warfare, and politics of ancient Greek cities. In addition, Aphrodite was honored as a protector of those who traveled by sea and, less surprisingly, courtesans and prostitutes.

She is the child born of Ouranos' castrated genitalia and the fertile ocean, thus making her the younger half-sister of the Titans, the Hecatonchires, and the Elder Cyclopes. She is the consort of Hephaestus and the lover of Ares and Adonis.

Aphrodite was associated with the brightest planet, Venus, and this, always a valuable navigational aid, may be another connection with ancient mariners. She is the mother of several gods, with the most famous being Eros with Ares.

Under the alias of Venus, she was held in higher regarded as the mother of Rome and its people, being named Venus Genetrix (Venus the Mother). She is noted by the primordial gods to be more similar to her original incarnations - Aphrodite Areia and Aphrodite Ourania.

Appearance

As the personification of beauty and desire, Aphrodite's true appearance is actually unknown as she would appear to others as their personal epitome of female beauty.

Aphrodite was usually depicted as a highly attractive young woman who dressed elegantly and loved to wear jewelry. Her eyelashes were curled and she had a constant smile on her lovely face. Aphrodite had a tender neck and symbolized the feminine beauty. Aphrodite is not known as the goddess of beauty for nothing, as whenever she appears in a physical form, Aphrodite appears with extraordinarily beautiful and attractive appearances, being much more beautiful and sensual than most women, with the exception of primordial humans such as Norea, Eve or Lilith.

In her ancient human form during the pre-Common Era, Aphrodite manifested as an extremely beautiful woman, possessing porcelain-white and delicate skin, possessing long blonde hair, blue eyes, and delicate features. Her figure was curvy and appellant. For clothes, the Goddess of Beauty used to wear white clothes in the style of ancient Greece.

Currently, her "neutral" appearance is that her appearance from Sandro Botticelli's famouse painting "The Birth of Venus", with strawberry-blonde hair, brown eyes, and a fair complexion.

Personality

Aphrodite is flirtatious, crafty, smart, and free as the wind and disloyal to her husband Hephaestus, as evident by her having numerous affairs with both gods and humans alike. She possesses deep grudge and hatred toward those who have "perverted" notion of love or thinking love is beneath them. As she is a goddess of victory, she could be very competitive and could make a challenge out of nearly everything.

Despite this, she could be very sweet, loving, and passionate, and she has a faith in love that is absolute and true. She could be very gentle and gracious to those she favors, and she deeply cares for her children, as shown through the various time she helped her son Aeneas got out of harm's way.

As she presides over the most powerful and complex of human feelings, Aphrodite has great insight into mortal emotions, as well as mortal nature by extension.

Power and Abilities

As a daughter of a Primordial, and a being who rules over love, Aphrodite is a powerful goddess in her own right. Although Aphrodite is related to beauty and sexuality, she is not a goddess to be underestimated as she is not related to strength and power, as she has enough power to be part of the Twelve Olympians, meaning she must rival Zeus in power while still inferior to him. Aphrodite's power is so great that she would easily be able to defeat a Cherubim and a Seraphim with a snap of her fingers, rivaling even the weakest True Archangels.

History

The Birth of Aphrodite

Aphrodite is born of Ouranos' castrated genitalia and the fertile ocean, thus making her the younger half-sister of the Titans, the Hecatonchires, and the Cyclops. She is believed to have been born close to Cyprus and so was especially worshipped in Paphos on the island.

Hephaestus & Ares

Compelled by Hera to marry the not-so-great catch of Hephaestus, the god of fire and crafts, Aphrodite was less than faithful, having notorious affairs with the gods Ares, Hermes, and Dionysus. The fling with Ares was perhaps the most shocking of the many episodes of infidelity that occurred amongst the Olympian Gods. Hephaestus, a fiendishly clever designer and engineer, manufactured a special golden bed to entrap his wife. When Aphrodite and Ares were at their most passionate, the bed sprang forth golden chains which locked the naked gods in their illicit embrace. Their embarrassment was made worse when Helios the sun god shone down his bright light upon the couple so that all the Olympians could get a good look at the disgrace. When finally freed, Ares fled to Thrace and Aphrodite back to Cyprus.

Aphrodite was considered the mother of Harmonia (with Ares), the Trojan hero Aeneas (with Anchises), Eryx the king of Sicily (with Butes the Argonaut) and, with either Dionysus or Adonis, Priapus (a gardener with huge genitals). The goddess had a large retinue of lesser deities such as Hebe (goddess of youth), the Hours, Dike, Eirene, Themis, the Graces, Aglaia, Euphrosyne, Theleia, Eunomia, Daidia, Eudaimonia, Himeros (Desire) and Peitho (Persuasion).

Aphrodite often represented unity and concord, as well as mixis or ‘mingling’, and this may explain the goddess’ wide range of associations such as warfare and politics, arenas where disparate groups had to work together as one. She was specifically the protectress of city magistrates, too.

The Trojan War

In mythology, Aphrodite is cited as partly responsible for the Trojan War. At the wedding of Peleus and Thetis, Eris offered a Golden Apple for the most beautiful goddess. Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite vied for the honour, and Zeus, as not to be responsible, appointed the Trojan prince Paris as judge. To influence his decision, Athena promised him strength and invincibility, Hera offered the regions of Asia and Europe, and Aphrodite offered the most beautiful woman in the world. Paris chose Aphrodite and so won fair Helen of Sparta. However, as she was already the wife of Menelaos, Paris’s abduction of Helen provoked the Spartan king to enlist the assistance of his brother Agamemnon and send an expedition to Troy to take back Helen.

Hesiod describes the goddess as ‘quick-glancing’, ‘foam-born’, ‘smile-loving’, and most often as ‘golden Aphrodite’. Similarly, in Homer’s description of the Trojan War in the Iliad, she is described as ‘golden’ and ‘smiling’ and supports the Trojans in the war. In notable episodes, Aphrodite protects her son Aeneas from Diomedes and saves the hapless Paris from the wrath of Menelaos.

Adonis

One of the goddess’ most famous flings was with the beautiful Adonis. Aphrodite kept the youth safely in a chest guarded by Persephone, but the latter fell in love with him too and would not give him back to the goddess of love. Zeus was obliged to intervene, and he ruled that Adonis should spend four months of the year with each lady (and fourth months rest on his own). Tragically killed in a hunting accident, the impossibly handsome youth was transformed into a flower without scent. Aphrodite was distraught at her loss, and her grief was commemorated in a cult, the annual highlight of which was a women-only festival, the Adonia.

Myth and Legends

According to Homer's Iliad, she is the daughter of Zeus and Dione.

Because of her immense beauty, Zeus feared that the other gods will become violent with each other in their rivalry to possess her, and thus incite a war between the deities. To forestall this, he forces her to marry Hephaestus, the dour, humorless god of smiting. In another version of the story, his mother, Hera casts him off Olympus, deeming him too ugly and deformed to inhabit the home of the gods. His revenge is to trap his mother in a magic throne. In return for her release, he demands to be given Aphrodite's hand in marriage, though this version is far more recent, and thus not usually depicted in ancient myths.

Another, likely earlier version, merely depicted her as choosing her for a husband, as the two were commonly worshiped together as a married couple of Beauty and Passion (as in Life and Creation, as Hephaestus was called the ancient architect to life itself). In some stories, her and Hephaestus are the parents to the Erotes and various other art and life deities, such as the Goddess Techne, and Goddesses Karpo, Thallo, and Auxo.

Equivalents

Her Roman equivalent is the goddess Venus, as such she is identified with the planetarium Venus.

Quotes

I am Venus... Goddess of fertility about whom love and beauty dance... Look into my eyes little dove... And sing.
Aphrodite to the Romans.
I shall return you to the soil... I am the goddess of licentiousness and bewitchment... Now, come to death's embrace...
Aphrodite.
You see, there's a great different between who you think I am and me: I'm everything that she's supposed to be. A warrior, a queen, a lover, and a fighter. You stripped her of everything remotely militaristic, leaving behind just a paramour. And yet, you still failed to contain her. Haven't you realized it Zeus? You haven't been a player in this game of thrones for a long, long time. Now you're just a pawn in Aphrodite's game.
Aphrodite to Zeus.

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