The Goddess of Love, Fertility, & Beauty
Some of Aphrodite's powers include being able to affect the emotions of gods and mortals, and being able to affect fertility. Also, since she had so many children, she was able to control a large portion of the world.
Aphrodite is known to have long, luscious hair and and a beautiful complection. In the eyes of many people, she is considered flawless.
Some of Aphrodite's symbols include the dolphin, rose, scallop shell, myrtle, dove, sparrow, girdle, mirror, and the swan.
One myth that includes Aphrodite is about how she may have caused the trojan war. This happened, because Athena, Hera, and Aphrodite were arguing over a golden apple that the goddess of discord placed at a table for not being invited to a party.To decide who would receive it, they asked a mortal named Paris who should get the apple. Each of the goddesses offerd Paris something. Hera offered to help him rule the world. Athena offered him a victorious battle. Aphrodite offered him the most beautiful mortal in the world, Helen. He chose Aphrodite, so she got the golden apple and he got to be with Helen. When he went to claim her as his wife, it turned out she was already married to Menelaus (the king of Sparta). One day, Menelaus was called on a mission. When he was gone, Helen and Paris mated. Menelaus found out, resulting in the trojan war.
Aphrodisia are greek festivals that are celbrated in honor of Aphrodite. At these festivals, sacrifices of flowers and incense were made in the fire, since these were two of her symbols. Mysteries were also celebrated at Paphos ( a city in Greece) in honor of Aphrodite. People who were initiated offered the goddesss a piece of money, and in return the recieved a measure of salt and phallus.
She was born from sea foam Many gods believed that her beauty would cause a war She was married to Hephaestus, but still had other lovers She was the model for the famous sculpture Venus de Milo