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APHRODITE

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Goddess of LOVE

Aphrodite is the Greek Goddess of love - and while that may sound like nothing but beauty, grace and poise, Aphrodite got into just as much trouble as her fellow Olympians.

 

ORIGIN 

 

Nobody knows where Aphrodite came from, or how it happened, but one day, Aphrodite emerged from the sea, fully formed, on a clam shell surrounded by birds, water nymphs and the beauty of nature. She had no parents, no beginning and no end. Once a year, Aphrodite would return to the sea from which she sprung out, only to re-emerge from the watery depths refreshed and divine.

All's fair in love and war

They say love is blind, not smart. When it came to marriage, Zeus gave her as a bride to Hephaestus - the blacksmith of the Gods. Despite his talent and his ability to create indescribable treasures of gold, silver and gemstones, Aphrodite did not want anything to do with her “dirty” husband. Instead, she was in love with Ares, the God of War.

DRAMA QUEEN

Again, love is blind, not smart. As a reward for being gifted the golden apple of discord by Paris of Troy, Aphrodite gifted Paris, the most beautiful woman in the world as promised. The problem was, Aphrodite gave Helen of Sparta - who was also married to Menelaus King of Sparta. And due to her meddling, Aphrodite was the root cause of the 10 year Trojan war.