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Pronunciation : aff-ruh-DIE-tee

(Olympian) APHRODITE

Also known as APHRODITE PANDEMOS, CERIGO, CYTHEREA, KYPRIS
Greek Goddess of : Beauty, Desire
Attributes : Apple, Dove
Festival Days : Aphrodisia
When in Rome : Venus

The Love goddess with one simple duty - incite desire.

When Uranus met sickle at the hands of Cronus his bag of bits was thrown into the sea where the too'ing and fro'ing formed a foam from which Aphrodite was born.

As the goddess of love she had a lot of love to give and gave more than their fair share to Adonis and Hermes who gave her Aeneas and Priapus in return. She also spent a wild night with the rowdy booze god Dionysus, who, despite alcohols reputation as a powerful contraceptive with the ability to produce stiffies too weak to defy gravity when drank in excess, performed admirably and Hermaphroditus was the result.

Aphrodite was lusted over by most gods, including the female ones, but stunned them all when she married an ugly crippled smith God called Haphaestos. But it wasn't long before she was giving Ares the glad eye and in no time at all they were creating Deimos (terror), Phobos (fear), and Harmonia (harmony).

Unfortunately Alectryon the sentinal charged with keeping an eye out fell asleep on the job as Ares and Aphrodite were on the job. Apollo spotted Aphrodite in all her glory and Ares with a morning glory and it wasn't long before Haph' had them both snagged and hung up for all and sundry to mock. And Ares was his brother too!

As well as enjoying her work on a more personal level she brought many famous couples together, but not always happily, like the time she entered a 'for the fairest' contest to win a golden apple and the union of Paris and Helen brought about the Trojan war.

But she can be forgiven the odd hiccup when you take into account her creation of the festival of Aphrodisiac, where all and sundry could have sex with her priestesses and call it worship.

Rumour has it only three deities managed to resist Aphrodites womanly charms, namely Athena, Artemis, and Hestia, but bearing in mind they were all women and eternal virgins i don't suppose it tore her up too much.
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'APHRODITE' - Greek entry : 26 April 2007
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