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Aphrodite (Venus) was the goddess of love and beauty. She is said to have sprung from the sea, giving her the name of Aphrodite- Greek for ‘foam-born’. She was the patroness of lovers, gardeners and gardens. The rose, lily, hyacinth, crocus and narcissus were sacred to her, as was the dove, the sparrow, the dolphin and the swan. She was attended by the Hours and the three Graces: Aglaia, Euphrosyne and Thalia. Flora, goddess of flowers and Zephyrus, god of the west wind, obeyed her. Aphrodite was very proud and, as punishment, Zeus ordered her to marry Hephaestus, who was not only unhandsome, but lame as well. This marriage was very hard on him, as Aphrodite was not known for her fidelity. She had many affairs, the most notable of which was with Ares (Mars), the god of war. Ares and Aphrodite had several children: Hermione (Harmonia) and Cupid, who became known as the god of love.

Category: Greek & Roman Gods & Goddesses | Added by: obiflo (22 October 10)
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