A Discussion by Frederick John Kluth of Kent, Ohio
The information presented here represents my impressions as a result of
reading in the subject over many years. I present this information with
the purpose of providing ideas and stimulus for further research. Feel
free to quote me, but undertand that some of my statements will require
additional substantiation from ancient sources. There is a bibliography
included which should document my main sources.
Question: Was Eros male or female? If he was male who was the female godess
Answer: Aphrodite was the goddess of love. Eros was her son according to a favorite story. Eros was the god of love. Eros loved Psyche and later married her. Homer only recognized Aphrodite. He only refers to Eros as a passion as in “ἔρως φρένας* ἀμφεκάλυψεν” in the Iliad 3.442.
Question: At the time of Aphrodite how was the women’s role in society
portrayed..and through what works of art?
Answer: I am assuming that at the time of Aphrodite means 4500 bce – 2326
bce – age of Aphrodite as I had suggested earlier. There is no written record
from this period so all the information must come to us from archeological
studies. Marija Gimbutas in her book The Language of the Goddess
presents the results of this type study for the area of the world including
Greece. She has this to say about the transfer of information about women
from this period: “Agricultural peoples’ beliefs concerning sterility and
fertility, the fragility of life and the constant of destruction, and the
periodic need to renew the generative processes of nature are among the most
enduring. They live on in the present, as do very archaic aspects of the
prehistoric Goddess, in spite of the continuous process of erosion in the
historic era. Passed on by grandmothers and mothers of the European family,
the ancient beliefs survived the superimposition of the Indo-European and
finally the Christian myths. The Goddess-centered religion existed for a very
long time, much longer than the Indo-European and the Christian (which
represent a relatively short period of human history), leaving an indelible
imprint on the western psyche.” (pg xvii)
The artwork from this period includes rock and bone carvings, decorated
pottery, metalwork, and sometimes wood. Perishable items made of wood
can be preserved if they are buried under the right conditions. Bogs can
preserve the wood. Wooden items buried in clay can rot away, leaving an
impression in the clay.
There are numerous venus figures that survive from prehistoric times, the most popular being the Venus of Willendorf at the Naturhistorischesmuseum in Vienna. Classical Greek art includes numerous images of women in many roles.
Question: What is the significance of the overweight women in ancient
art? Why were they adored?
Answer: You are referring to the Upper Paleolithic fat ladies, or “fertility goddesses,” as they are usually described. Most, but not all, of these figures depict pregnant women, and it is their relation to the ability to produce babies that is valued. In addition, the birth process in women was seen as related to the production of natural goods on which the community depended. The fertility of women was seen as related to the fertility of plants and animals and even of the soil. The other figures probably symbolized the abundance that resulted from fertility.
One factor that affected this imagery was that the connection between
sexual intercourse and babies was not understood. The nine month time
between sexual intercourse and birth was too long for early peoples to make the
connection. The figure of the women was emphasized because the role of the man was not understood. It was probably not until societies began to be involved with animal husbadry that this connection was made. Also a woman was more likely to endure a successful birth if she was overweight, because she did not depend on finding enough food when she was disabled during the pregnancy.
It is not correct to assume that Upper Paleolithic men adored fat ladies
and preferred these ladies for sexual intercourse. As now the men probably
preferred the younger women who were not so fat. But the value of babies
caused women to stay fat for some time to endure the trials of pregnancy. And
a woman who produced many healthy babies was highly valued and probably very
well treated. The comelyness of women got them started with sex and their
ability to produce babies kept them involved. When they were no longer able
to have babies, their experience allowed them to help other women give birth,
so they continued to be valuable to primitive society. Later, as the role of
a man was better understood, the ability of a woman to attract a man was more
Question: What was the ideal female body in ancient Greece?
Answer: The Venus of Cnidos by Praxitiles is generally thought to be
an expression of an ideal female body in ancient Greece. Since we tend to
think of the Venus de Milo as an ideal female body, the notion of an ideal
female body has not changed much. Many other works of art could be used
to study this because they generally felt that a goddess should be beautiful and of ideal proportions. Godesses were generally thought to be larger than mortals so the proportions
would be right but not the size. There is an
quote in Homer’s Iliad which demonstrates this concept(Book V)
“As (Athena) spoke, she reached out, dragged Sthenelus back, and hustled
him out of the chariot — he was only to glad to leap down. The eager goddess
took his place in the car beside the noble Diomedes, and the beech-wood axle
groaned aloud at the weight it had to carry, a formidable goddess and a
mighty man of arms. Pallas Athene seized the reins and whip, and drove the
horses straight off in the direction of Ares.”
There are many other women depicted by Homer that could be used as a model
of ideal proportions. Homer suggests that each of these mortal women are
like a goddess. They include: Chryseis, Briseis, Helen, Cassandra, and Penelope
The depictions of any of these women would generally involve depiction of
an ideal woman’s body.
Question: What was the role of the goddess Aphrodite in the
Answer: There was a religious role and an artistic role. In his statue
of Aphrodite for the Cnidians, Praxiteles had produced a totaly nude
figure with sinuous grace and sensuous charm. Later Greek artists made
Aphrodite into the ideal feminine type. But in religion Aphrodite maintained
her realm of fertility deity. Some traces of the vegetation goddess also
remained. She was also associated with a universal power of procreation and
a universal attraction. In addition, there seems to have been ritual
prostitution associated with her cult. This was a recognition of Aphrodite Pandemos. But there was also recognition of her as Aphrodite Uranos during this period. This revers to the spiritual or heavenly Aphrodite.
Question: How did Aphrodite become the goddess of love and what role did
this play in greek sexuality? This is for a research paper.
Answer: Homer and other poets transformed a goddess of lust and rape
into a goddess of romantic love for poetic purposes. You need to study
carefully what Homer says about love. Because of the poetic connection it
is not clear that there is a good connection between Aphrodite the goddess of
love and Greek sexuality. An index of ancient references to Aphrodite is
Click here. One fact that seems clear is that love represented a wider scope to the ancient Greeks than it does today. Not only did it involve fertility, recreational sex and infatuation, but it seems to have encompased ordinary friendships and cosmic forces.
Question: Are there any books on Aphrodite that you could reccomend and are
there any recently painted pictures of her, and web sites.
Answer: The best book from ancient Greece is Homer’s Iliad. Ovid’s
Metamorphoses has a lot of material on Aphrodite. He calls her Venus. Sappho
wrote several poems about Aphrodite. Robert Graves wrote a book called
The Greek Myths which should be helpful. Pierre Louys wrote a book
called “Aphrodite”. Book 8 of the Odyssey includes material about how Aphrodite is matched with Hephaestus.
Modern paintings of Aphrodite by great artists include:
- Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus, 1478
- Alexandre Cabanel, The Birth of Venus, 1863
- Lucas Cranach the Elder, Venus, 1529
- Giorgionne, Venus Asleep,
- Bronzino, Venus, Cupid, Folly, and Time, 1545
- Titian, Venus of Urbino
- John La Farge, Athens, 1863
An index of ancient references to Aphrodite is found at:
Question: What is aphrodities impression(s) on todays society?
Answer: The Romans equated Aphrodite and Venus so the effects of either are
equivalent. The Venus de Milo is the standard of feminine beauty. Fortunately
Aphrodite is associated with heavenly love as well as earthly love. Botticelli
said his pictue of Venus represented the love of the Virgin Mary. But women
no longer want to depend on the wiles of Aphrodite to get along. If you want
to get a good job today you want to look nice, but brains are more important. But when they are not working women look to the wiles of Aphrodite to get along. The fact that the Venus de Milo is the world’s most popular statue is s signigicat comment on today.
Question: How was Aphrodite treated by the other goddesses and women of earth
Answer: The early Greeks felt that natural events could best be explained
by the action of a family of gods who interacted with emotions that could
be readily observed among human beings. There are some interesting passages
in Homer’s Iliad that relate to this question. In Book V he states: “Indeed
the prince (Aeneas) would have perished there and then, but for the quickness
of his mother, Zeus’s Daughter Aphrodite, who had conceived him for Aniches
when he was looking after the cattle. Seeing what had happened, she threw her
white arms round her beloved son, and drew a fold of her shimmering robe
across him to protect him….Diomedes himself had gone in relentless pursuit
of Cyprian Aphrodite, realizing that this was some timid goddess, and not
one of those that play a dominating part in the battles of mankind,…He
made a lunge at her and with his sharp spear cut her gentle hand at the base of
the palm. The point, tearing the emperishable robe which the Graces had made
for her, pierced the flesh where the palm joins the wrist. Out came the
goddesses immortal blood,…Aphrodite gave a piercing scream….Aphrodite
withdrew. Her lovely skin was stained with blood and the wound was smarting
grievously….Dione took her daughter in her arms…Laughter loving Aphrodite
told her tale…/to this the gracious goddess Dione replied: ‘Endure, my Child,
and face your trouble gallently. Many of us that live here on Olympus have
suffered at the hands of men, in our attempts to injure one another….
it was Athene of the Flashing Eyes who told the man to chase you…But he(Zeus)
called Golden Aphrodite to his side and said: ‘Fighting, my child, is not
for you. You are in charge of wedlock and the tender passions…”
Another passage (Book III) deals with her relations to women. “Helen was
perturbed and looked at the goddess. When she observed the beauty of her
neck and her lovely breasts and sparkling eyes, she was struck with
awe….’Lady of mysteries,’ she said, ‘what is the object of this mummery?
Now that Menelaus has beaten Paris and is willing to take home his erring
wife, you are plotting, I suppose, to carry me off to some still more
distant city, in Phrygia or in lovely Maeonia, for some other favourite of
yours who may be living in those parts? So you begin by coming here, and
try to lure me back to Paris. No; go sit with him yourself. Forget
that you are a goddess. Never set foot in Olympus again, but devote yourself
to Paris. Pamper him well, and one day you may be his wife — or else his
slave. I refuse to fo and share his bed again — I should never hear the
end of it. There is not a woman in Troy who would not curse me if I did.
I have enough to bear already.’
The Lady Aphrodite rounded on her in a fury. ‘Obstinate wretch! she cried.
‘Do not provoke me, or I might desert you in my anger, and hate you as
heartily as I have loved you up til now, rousing the Trojans and Achaeans
to such bitter enmity as would bring you to a miserable end.’
Helen was cowed,…”
Request: a picture of Aphradite.
Answer:Click on following:
Aphrodite with Athena
Question: how did Aprhodite influence art in ancient Greece?>
Answer: Not much. Athena was the goddess of arts and crafts. But after
Praxiteles did his Venus of Cnidos she was much in demand as an art subject. But even so it is important to remember that the majority of art in ancient Greece is public art. Many of the images of Aphrodite available today are kept for private use.
Question: Aprhodite’s character?
Answer: Notice that a goddesses character is no different from her realm. She was beautiful but not that powerful. She had to scheme to get her way. She was not known for her faithfulness either.
Request: stories about aphrodoite
Answer: The following stories are told:
- Ovid tells the story of Venus and Adonis in book X of his Metamorphoses.
- She aided Aeneas in his escape from Troy.
- She became angry with Hippolytus and makes him fall in love with his
- She saved Aeneas from death in battle in the Iliad by Homer, book V.
- Aphrodite gave Harmonia a wondrous necklace when she married Cadmus.
- In Book VIII of the Odyssey by Homer she is married to Hephaestus but
she had a love affair with Ares and is caught in the act.
- She was the mother of Eros.
- Paris awarded the Golden Apple to Aphrodite as a result of her promise
to get him the most beautiful woman in the world.
Question: Were women important in greek myth.
Answer: Yes. They were very important. Even the Iliad, a war story
from the Trojan war, is full of women. In fact the war carries out an
agument between goddesses with Aphrodite on one side and Hera and Athena
opposing her on the other.
Question: Why are women more associated with Love?
Answer: The form of the perfect woman attracts a man in a way often
described as love. During pregnancy and just after birth a woman can be quite
dependent on others for care. Love is believed to bind husbands and others
to that woman. Women are sometimes even willing to sacrifice themselves for
their children. The cause of this is thought to be love. Aphrodite is the
goddess of love because she incoporates these notions.
Question: Why were women in the Ancient Greek times more associated with
love than men were?
Answer: Aphrodite, goddess of love, was a woman.
Question: Where can I get a modern picture of Aphrodite?
Answer: In the section on Aphrodite I have listed modern paintings of
Aphrodite. You can read it at
The Venus de Milo at the Louvre is quite modern in the sense that it is
still considered the model for feminine beauty. A picture is available at:
Click here. The 20th century painting which best represents the concept
of Aphrodite is the painting by Marcel Duchamp titled Nude Descending a
Staircase. You can see it at:
This has been selected as one of the most important paintings of the 20th
century. The other work by Ducamp A Bride Stripped Bare by Her Batchelors Even is almost as good. Ducamp has analysed Aphrodite as the Bride into a
series of tubes and containers. A discussion of the work of Ducamp and
relevant sites is available at:
Question: What kind of clothes or hair pieces did Aphrodite wear?
Answer: Artists depicted Aphrodite wearing the same clothes as the Athenian
ladies, the chiton, pelops, or himation. Sometimes she was simply draped.
In her hair she often wore a coronet or frontal. It seems likely that she
wore a dove on her crown in the archaic depictions.
Question: was she the godess of love and beauty?
Answer: Yes she was. The love could be earthly or heavenly.
Question: Are there any stripper gods or prostitute gods and if so what is he
Answer: Aphrodite. She had two aspects: Aphrodite Pandemos was the earthly
Aphrodite and such activity would be associcated with her. Aphrodite Ouranous
was the heavenly Aphrodite; true love, brotherly love, motherly love,
compassion, were all part of this aspect.
Question: Aphrodite’s influence on social life.
Answer: Aphrodite was more a reflection of of social life than an influence
on it, but she was not without her influence. Her most important influence
may have been on the philosopher Empedocles, who flourished around 450 BCE.
Kirk and Raven explain (p. 330): “Love, he explicitly says, is the same
as Aphrodite, which we recognize in ourselves but not in the universe. He
is in fact drawing, and literally believing in, the analogy between the
universe as a whole and man. Love and strife are not, therefore, mere
mechanical forces disguised under mythical or allegorical names.
Empedocles believes, as the analogy shows, that sexual love and cosmic Love
are one and the same self-existant external force which acts upon the person
of the thing that loves. At the same time he is still unable to imagine
a form of existance other than spatial extension, and consequence his
Love and Strife are still represented as if they too were immaterial.”
Empedocles makes Aphrodite one of the great principles of the universe.
Aphrodite also had an influence on the visual arts when Praxiteles
carved a statue of her totally naked. Since then many artists have seen fit
to follow suit.
Aphrodite is one of the few deities who kept her reality as she assended
to heaven. Other deities lost their power as their realms were taken over
by science. Aphrodite as LOVE represents a mysterous quality of life which we
recognize to this day.
Question: Aphrodite and her influence on art?
Answer: One of the revelations of the Greek mind was the passage from the
real to the ideal. This idea is implicit in the aspects of Aphrodite:
Aphrodite Pandemos, the vulgar, earthly, lover of sex to Aphrodite Ouranous,
the heavenly Aphrodite, gravity as love, true love, love of wisdom. Plato,
in his Symposium writes in this way (210d): “An thus, by scanning beauty’s
wide horizon, he will be saved from a slavish and illiberal devotion to the
individual loveliness of a single boy, a single man, or a single institution.
And, turning his eyes toward the open sea of beauty, he will find in such
contemplation the seed of the most fruitful discourse and the loftiest thought,
and reap a golden harvest of philosophy, until confirmed and strengthened,
he will come upon on single form of knowledge,…the universal beauty.”
Question: What are their role
Answer: Perhaps this chorus from The Bacchi will help you understand:
Where is the home for me? O Cyprus, set in the sea, Aphrodite's home in the soft sea-foam, Would I wend to thee; Where the wings of the Loves are furled, And faint the heart of the world! Ay, or to Paphos' isle, Where the rainless meadows smile With riches rolled from the hundred-fold ouths of the far-off Nile, Streaming beneath the waves To the roots of the seaward caves! But a better land is there Where Olympus cleaves the air, The high still dell where the Muses dwell, Fairest of all things fair. O there is Grace and there is the Heart's desire And peace to adore thee, thou spirit of Guiding fire! translated by Sir Gilbert Murray
Question: Do you have any pictures of all the gods and goddesses listed on the previous page? could you send me some?
Answer: You get the picture by clicking on the words that are underlined.
Question: what was made in honor of aphrodite?
Answer: Sappho wrote an Ode to Aphrodite. She was connected with the clan
and the festival of Apaturia. In Corinth there were more than a thousand
temple slaves dedicated to her most degraded form as the goddess of love.
Wealthy men made it a point of honor to dedicate the most beautiful slaves
to the service of the goddess. At Thebes Harmonia dedicated the statues of
Aphrodite Ouranous, Pandemos, and Apostrophia. In Attica at the time of
Theseus Aphrodite Pandemos was held in equal regard with Ouranous; she was called
holy and was served by strictly chaste priestesses. The most famous statue
dedicated to Aphrodite was the one by Praxiteles at Cnidus. The Aphrodite
of Melos is now in the Louvre. There is also the Capitoline Venus at Rome
and the Venus of Capua, the Medicean Venus at Florence, the Venus stooping
in the bath at the Vatican, and Aphrodite Kallipyge at Naples.
Question: can you please find an appropriate pic of aphrodite that shows her beauty
Answer: The Venus de Milo at the Louvre is
still considered the model for feminine beauty. A picture is available at:
Click here. This statue of Aphrodite is more properly titled the
Aphrodite of Melos because it was found on the Greek Island by the French.
Question: role of aphrodite
Answer: Goddesses do not have roles. They are not compelled to do anything.
They return favors when they feel like it. They have domains. Aphrodite
is the goddess of love and beauty. Her domain is love and beauty. If you
want love or beauty, you do Aphrodite a favor. Sing her a sweet song.
Write a beautiful poem. Eat good food so you are healthy and look good to
Question: Do you have a picture of Aphrodite
Answer: You have to click on one of the links above and the picture
will appear. The link names are underlined.
Question: were there mummies in greece
Answer: No. There were no mummies in ancient Greece. Unlike the Egyptians
the Greeks did not believe you needed your physical body in the afterlife.
They did believe in a life after death, but it was a spiritual existance.
Odysseus visits some of the dead in the Odyssey of Homer. The Greeks
were very much taken with the fact that your spirit has the same quality as
your last breath, and that it leaves at that time. They also noticed the
phantoms that appear in graveyards formed by the marsh gas from the decomposing
bodies and took this to be the spirits leaving the body. So a spirit was
a gassy airlike being that did not have substance.
Question:when does aphroddite died?
Answer: Aphrodite is a goddess and will never die. Goddesses are immortal.
Question: when was aphrodite introduced to the greek world
Answer: Just before the Trojan war at about 1500 BCE.
Question: What is considered teh best painting of her?
Answer: No paintings that the Greeks did survive. Botticelli’s
Birth of Venusat the Uffizi in Florence, done about 1485 could probably
claim the prize. This picture is available on the following:
Click here by selecting
Botticelli as the artist and then choosing the picture title.
Question: Will my boyfriend and I get back together?
Answer: This is a page about Aphrodite, not Aphrodite herself. Aphrodite
does not need the Internet. She will appear right next to you, sometimes
as herself, sometimes disguised as a friend. You may not recognize her
then, but later you will look back and recognize her by her radiant glow
and good looks. But of course you have to be a real believer, and there
are not many of these around today. The trick is to ask your question
when she is with you.
Question: how important was she/
Answer: Aphrodite has always been important.
Question: Was she a immortal or legendary or real person? An item or animal related to Aphrodite? A word we ure today which comes from Aphrodites name?
Answer: Aphrodite is an immortal goddess. A scallop shell is an item
related to Aphrodite. A dove is an animal related to Aphrodite.
Aphrodisiac is a word we use related to Aphrodite.
Question: How do you pronounce “Lyre”?
Answer: lir with i pronounced as the i in ice.
Question: How did Aphrodite influence the Greeks?
Answer: The most remarkable influence is that Empedocles made her into
a universal principle:
“…a double tale will I tell: at one time it grew to be one only from
many, at another it divided again to be many fro one, fire and water and earth
and the vast height of air, dread Strife too, apart from these, everywhere
equally balanced, and Love in their midst, equal in length and breadth.
On her do though gaze with thy mind, and sit not with dazed eyes; for she
is recognized as inborn in mortal limbs; by her they think kind thoughts
and do the works of concord, calling her Joy by name and Aphrodite. Her
does no mortal man know as she whirls around amid the others;…” (quoted in
Kirk and Raven, p327)
Aristotle explains this passage as follows: “For if we were to follow out
the view of Empedocles, and interpret it according to its meaning and not
to its lisping expression, we should find that Love is the cause of good things
and Strife of Bad.” (Kirk and Raven, p 330)
Question: What was Aphrodites claim to fame
Answer: Aphrodite is one of the major Greek deities and among modern
peoples she has more influence than any of the other Greek deities.
Question: Can you tell me the whole story of Aphrodite’s life?
Answer: This is hard because goddesses are immortal and her life is not
over. The ancient Greeks said she was born in the waves off Cythia, or
perhaps off Cyprus, but she actually born in Phoenicia over 28,000 years ago.
She came to Greece with the Phoenician sailors over 5,000 years ago. Her
cult continued until about 125 AD when the people of Greece no longer
worshipped her. But of all the Greek deities, she is the most relevant today
and some people still worship her. You can tell this because of all the
ads with women in skimpy clothes who are trying to look like her. And the
men are more interested in these women than anyone else.
Answer: This site has links to the best pictures. Use the Menu Directory
to go to the bibliography and resources page.
Question: Can you show me some pictures of Aphrodite’s clothes & hairstyle ?
Answer: Click on the picture links at the end of the discussion at the
beginning of this page to see this.
Question: I would like some information on the gender roles in the Odyssey. Mainly on the females,
Penelope, Athena, Calypso, and Circe. Thanks!
Answer: This is discussed in the page on the Iliad and the Odyssey at:
Question: Did Aphrodite think too much of her looks?
Answer: A Greek goddess is always perfect and does not have to worry about
her looks. She did worry about the looks of some of her devotees though.
Question: What is the story about the sculptor who fell in love with his
sculpure and Aphrodite brought it to life?
Answer: This is the story of Pygmalion. It is told in Ovid’s
Metamorphoses Book X.
Question: what did she present
Answer: Aphrodite’s gifts were love and beauty.
Question: Is there a timeline for aphrodite
Answer: Not really. Images of Aphrodite date back 25,000 years or more,
so no one really knows when she was born. She came to Cyprus, to Crete
and the mainland of Greece well before the Trojan war which is dtated to about,
1250 BCE. Her worship in Greece ended formally about 125 AD, but there are many
who secretly worship her to this day.
Question: Whats your number?
Answer: Aphrodite needs no phone but communicates directly through prayer
as any goddess would.
Question: Do you have a picture available of the painting “Venus Disarming
Cupid” by Alessandro Alori.
Answer: Artist Info:
ALLORI, Alessandro — Italian painter, Florentine school (b. 1535, Firenze, d. 1607, Firenze)
He worked in the second half of the sixteenth century and trained with Bronzino, whose influence can be
seen in the elaboration and
lengthening of the figures, and in the use of a stong and bright light. In other ways, facial expressions, for
example, the influence is from
Michelangelo. He also designed a number of buildings, including the splendid Medicea Villa at Poggio
Caiano, and the Gaddi Chapel in
the Santa Maria Novella Church; he painted portraits, like the delicate and richly detailed one of “Bianca
Capello” in the Tribune at the
Uffizi, and “Ludovico Capponi” in the Sixteenth Century Corridor (where the “Sacrifice of Isaac” with
good chiaroscuro effects is also
kept); and he made large paintings, like “Christ being led to torture” at the Doria Gallery in Rome.
In the Uffizi is: Alessandro Allori, Venus and Cupid
Question: What are some cult representation of the worship of Aphrodite.
This is for a research project
Answer: Aprhrodite Anadyomene (Aphrodite rising from the sea) was celebrated
with a bathing ceremony.
Aphrodite Epipontia (Aphrodite on the sea) was celebrated by sailors.
Aphrodite Ouranous (Heavenly Aphrodite) was praised by lovers and poets.
Aphrodite Pandemos (Popular Aphrodite) was the form prostitutes and
Aphrodite Area (Aphrodite Armed for War) was celebrated at Sparta.
Question: Which goddess holds an apple?
Answer: Is it really an apple? Aphrodite holds a quince which is also
called a love apple. Robert Graves suggests that Aphrodite was transformed
into a mermaid and her quince became the mirror.
Question: why is Aphrodite the godess of beatuty and not someone else?
Answer: It is interesting to note that the judgement of Paris can be
interpreted of the choice of Aphrodite as the Goddess of beauty and not
Hera, the goddess of royalty or grandeur, or Athena, the goddess of poweress.
Even Artemis, the goddess of wild life, wild palaces, and fertility, would
have been overlooked. The decision was that love, especially that born from
the sea, was the most beautiful.
Question: how do women live in ancient Greece?
Answer: Everyone had to work hard. Wives concentrated on bearing healthy
children, because sanitation was not that good and there was a high mortality
rate for babies. Young girls worked hard so they could become good wives.
Slaves worked hard to clean, carry water, prepare food, and other menial
taskes so a family could survive.
Question: how was feminsm seen in the Greek mythology?
Answer: Greek men worked hard to control women and put them in their place.
This is illustrated in the battles between the Greeks and the Amazons. The
men sometimes went too far and the activities of the Maenads resulted. But
the Greek women worked hard too and accomplished quite a lot. The isolation
of the women in Greek society served the men because they saw the women as in
their place, but it also served to relieve the women of the many taboos that
were forced on them in primitive society. Some women flourished and achieved a
level of education and development that was not equaled until our own time.
One contradiction that is troublesome for most people is that the laws and
society seem to repress women in Classical Greece, but the women that were
written about in the literature were poweful and self-actualizing. It has
been the women of Greek Literature who have had the most influence.
Question: What Was Her Clothing Made Of?
Answer: Imperishable material that Athena wove for her. Because Athena was a goddess she could organize spiders to do her work. The spiders produced threads of gossamer for Athena and with this thread she wove the garments for the goddesses. These garments were shear and akmost transparent because a goddess has nothing to hide. The statues of the goddesses were carved in ancient Greece to look like they wore garments of gossamer.
Question: Does the statue of Aphrodite have arms?
Answer: There are many statues of Aphrodite. Originally they all had
arms and were painted in natural colors. As the Greek religion was abandoned
the Greek temples were destroyed or redecorated and the statues were cast
aside. Many were broken and buried. Arms were easily broken off and for this
reason, when they were found they often did not have their arms.
Question: i’ve just read your page. and would like to know when you whites
will understand that these goddess were coloured using an extract from the
book ‘white goddess’ is a load of bull. get over it
Answer: Sorry, but you have missinterpreted the ‘white’ of the ‘white
goddess’. This is a reference to the Moon Goddess and the white is the color
of the moon. You should read the book The White Goddess. Actually
the skin of the goddesses was depicted in many colors; not just white. The ancient Greeks were not into discriminating by race or color of the skin. They did discriminate by the quality of clothing and the style. Slaves were identified by the clothing they wore (if they were allowed to wear clothing, and the style of their hair, which was often shorn.
Question: How exactly were ceromonies to Aphrodite carried out? could you
please describe one.
Answer: In the Iliad Helen pleases Aphrodite by going to Paris and Homer
describes the encounter as: (Book III)
“When they came to the house of Paris the maid-servants set
about their work, but Helen went into her own room, and the
laughter-loving goddess took a seat and set it for her facing
Paris. On this Helen, daughter of aegis-bearing Zeus, sat down,
and with eyes askance began to upbraid her husband.
“So you are come from the fight,” said she; “would that you had
fallen rather by the hand of that brave man who was my husband. You
used to brag that you were a better man with hands and spear than
Menelaus, a finer spearman, stronger in the arm. Then why not go, at once
and challenge him again- but I should
advise you not to do so, for if you are foolish enough to meet
in single combat, you will soon fall by his spear.”
And Paris answered, “Wife, do not vex me with your reproaches.
This time, with the help of Minerva, Menelaus has vanquished me;
another time I may myself be victor, for I too have gods that will
stand by me. Come, let us lie down together and make friends. Never
yet was I so passionately enamoured of you as at this moment- not even
when I first carried you off from Lacedaemon and sailed away with you-
not even when I had converse with you upon the couch of love in
the island of Cranae was I so enthralled by desire of you as now.” On this
he led her towards the bed, and his wife went with him.
This appears to be Homer’s idea of the worship of Aphrodite.
Question: How was Aphortie really born?
Answer: Some legends have Aphrodite born from the sea in the sea foam that
gathered around the severed organs when Uranus was castrated by Cronus. In
Homer she was the daughter of Dione and Zeus. But Empedocles, the
Pre-Socratic philosopher, said that Aphrodite was first among the deities:
“By ‘in the period of Love’ he means, not when love was already in control,
but when it was going to be.” He also speaks of a golden age that came before
“They had no god Ares no Kudimos, nor king Zeus nor Kronos nor Posiedon, but
Kupris as queen. Her di they propitiate with holy images, with paintings
of living creatures, with perfumes of varied fragrance and with sacrifice of
pure myrrl and sweet scented frankincense, casting to the ground libations
of golden honey. Their altar was not steeped in the pure blood of bulls, but
rather was this the greatest abomination among men, to tear out the life from
the goodly limbs and eat them.”
Question: what did aphrodite do and how was she a help?
Answer: Aphrodite was the goddess of love and beauty. She was a goddess
and did not have to help. But if you did favors for her, she might do favors
for you. She might help you in your love affairs.
Question: What was the venus of capua, can you provide me with a picture please?
Answer: Venus of Capua
Question: I was checking out your web page about
Aphrodites. I would really like to know what her THRONE looked like or
if I could have a picture. Also, what was her symbol? Was it a rose??
Please respond as soon as possible. Thanx bye!
Answer: Aphrodite did not sit on a throne normally. Only Zeus sat on a
throne. Here is what an ancient Greek throne looked like in 530 BCE:
Aphrodite has a number of symbols: a fishtail, a scallop shell,
myrtle, a dove, a woman’s laugh, a quince (a love apple), a beautiful woman, a
mirror and a comb (or plectrum), a tunny, a sturgeon, a periwinkle, murex
and myrrh trees.
who is aphrodites son
Answer: Aphrodite had several sons: Aeneus, Lyrus, Eros.
Question: Did she ever have sex with other goddesses?
Answer: There is no record of it.
Question: Where do I find these stories about aphrodite?
Answer: Homer, Hesiod, Apollodorus, Pausanius, Herodotus, Ovid and a number
of other ancient writers.
Question: what cosmetics did she use & how did she apply them
Answer: Aphrodite did not use cosmetics. She could change her appearance
at will. She did teach other women how to use them to help them look like her.
Question: What was the typical worship service to aphrodite
Answer: The most typical service was a feast of sacrifice where an animal
was kill and then cooked for a feast. The libations of wine and oil just
served to baste the meat. The burning fat provided the roasted flavor.
Dedicatory prayers might have been spoken. Dancing or athletic events could
Question: What were the typical dress,demeanor, ornamentation and hairstyle
of the 1000 temple prostitutes dedicated to Aphrodite in Corinth?
Answer: They were slaves. Some slaves were kept nude but more typically they wore the clothes and hairstyles of their country of origin. They had to be passive and subservient or their master would get rid of them. Many were taught to sing and dance. Belly dancing may be the decendent of how they performed.
Question: how does aphrodite look like? and is there a story about
aphrodite and was she good or evil?
Answer: Aphrodite resembles the most beautiful woman in the world. You can read strories about Aphrodite above. She was usually good but she could also be
evil if she wanted to.
Question: Aphrodite’s myth
Answer: There are many stories about Aphrodite. Read about them above.
Question: what does aphrodite maen in english? is it a different name in
Answer: No one knows what the word means or the language it is from.
Aphrodite is the English. The Greeks would spell it in Greek letters, Ἀφροδίτης’. The translation of the name ‘Born of the foam’ from ‘ἀφρός’, ‘faom, of the sea’ is ancient and did influence myth and ritual for the goddess.
Question: do you have a picture of her where she doesn’t have anything
covering her at all?
Question: ok can you email or post here the answer to my question… I know
she would punish mortals who defied her? can you give some examples and what
she did to punish. Thanks!
Answer: In the Iliad Book III there is this quote: “The Lady Aphrodite
rounded on her (Helen) in a fury. ‘Obstinate wretch! she cried.
‘Do not provoke me, or I might desert you in my anger, and hate you as
heartily as I have loved you up til now, rousing the Trojans and Achaeans
to such bitter enmity as would bring you to a miserable end.”
Some references to her anger:
- angry with Pierus: Apollod. 1.3.2
- causes Dawn to be perpetually in love: Apollod. 1.4.3
- afflicts the Lemnian women: Apollod. 1.9.17
- carries away Butes: Apollod. 1.9.24
- in anger causes the daughters of Cinyras to cohabit with foreigners: Apollod. 3.14.3
Question: What is the myth of the Golden apple relating to Aphrodite
Answer: There are several myths of golden apples:
- Eris, the goddess of discord threw a golden apple into the wedding party
of Peleus and Thetis. The result is the judgement of Paris which you can read
about by selecting the menu directory below.
- Aphrodite gave three golden apples to one of the suitors of Atalanta to
help him defeat her in a footrace. She then married him.
- There is also the Golden apples of the Hesperides. One would think
Aphrodite would be involved with these but I have yet to find a connection.
Question: in what ways did beauty empower aphrodite and how did she utilize
Answer: Beauty is in demand. It is what people want, desire, and pay for.
When you have it you have what is desired, something you can sell, or trade
for. Aphrodite manipulated people by changing the beauty of things. She
made Medea fall in love with Jason so she would save him. She made Zeus
attracted to Hera so she could do things behind his back. She made Ariadne
love Theseus so he could destroy the Minotaur.
Question: what is a deed aphrodite can perform for mankind today?
Answer: She has the same powers today that she always had. I would just
as soon do without any more Trojan wars, let alone any other kind. She might
be better directed toward world peace and love of all mankind. We need all
the help we can get with overpopulation and environmental problems.
Question: do you know who socraties is
Answer: Socrates was a philosopher who lived from 469 to 399 BCE. He
believed that philosophers should study ethics and human relationships
rather that the things of the natural world. He used a questioning form
of inquiry which fit very well into the symposia of the time.
Question: can you find me the decision of paris statue
Answer: There are lots of pictures of the Judgement of Paris but no
statues. The following statue from the Louvre will suffice for most purposes:
Question: Why is Aphrodite naked in most of her paintings and sculptures?
Answer: Before Praxiteles sculpted her naked, she was almost never portrayed
naked. Later it was realized that the naked female form was sexy and exciting
so the nude Aphrodite became very common. From the early Renaissance to late
into the Nineteenth cetury it was the custom to only display goddesses nude,
but they were all portrayed that way.
Question: What kind of clothing did Aphrodite the godess of love wear??
and what did her crown look like
Answer: All the ancient artists did is dress her in fine clothes like
the women around then wore. There is no certain crown either although one
interesting crown shows a dove.
Question: what is the connection of the black african aphrodity and the white
ancient greek one
Answer: Athena came from Africa to Crete. Aphrodite came from Phonecia
to Crete. I am not sure there was a Black African Aphrodite but there was
a Black African Athena.
Question: can you show me a picture of Hathors temples?
Answer: Click here
Question: From among all of her lovers ( Ares, Adonis, etc…) who does she
Question: What aphrodite looks like? And did she have any super powers?
Answer: She looks like Scarlett Johansson and she has the same powers as
Britney, plus some more.
Question: Herself????? are you kidding?
Answer: No. Study the following images and draw your own conclusions:
Aphrodite was the original mermaid. Toward the end of the Greek period her
apple turned into a mirror and her vanity won out over her other lovers. Today
no mermaid is complete without her mirror and comb.
Question: I would like some information on aphrodite and her succesors.
Answer: Do you want to know about mermaids, the virgin Mary, or women like
Scarlett Johansson and Elizabeth Hurley?
Question: Who was the sculptor who fell in love with a statue and brought
to life by Aphrodite?
Answer: The story of Pygmalion is in the Metamorphosis of Ovid.
Question: Who was the son of Hermes and Aphrodite who united with
The story of Salmacis and Hermaphroditus is not a myth of the ancient
Greeks, but is in the Metamorphosis of Ovid.
Question: can you send me soome really good pics of Ellizabeth Taylor in the
nude where I can really see her good.
Answer: This site is about ancient Greek women who lived and died almost
2500 years ago.
Question: How and why did the Greek’s empire fall to ruins
Answer: The Greeks were more interested in internal bickering than being
united into an empire. They were into trade but not domination. They did provide many experiments in governments which are useful to us today. Finally Alexander conquered a wide territory but he died before it really became an empire.
Question: Can you show me an information of the phoenician peaple?
Answer: Click here
Question: I wanted to know the differences between Aphrodite’s sculptures
from the archiac period to the hellenistic period and how was she shown and how
did her image depict the role and status of women during each period. thanks
- Aphrodite on a Goose, Late Classical
- Aphrodite of Arles, Late Classical
- Venus de Milo, Hellenistic
- Ludovisi Throne, Classical
- Seated Aphrodite, Hellenistic
I cannot find an archaic sculpture of Aphrodite. Perhaps you can reference
a kore such as the Auxerre Kore at the Louvre Museum in Paris.
I am not sure that images of Aphrodite represent the role and status of women.
Aphrodite represents a man’s view of what women ought to be like.
Question: Do you think that Aphrodite is teaching any morals like some of the
Answer: Yes she is. In the Iliad, Book III, Paris says: “Still, taunt
me not with the gifts that golden Aphrodite has
given me; they are precious; let not a man disdain them, for the
gods give them where they are minded, and none can have them for
Question: What famous person could you relate with Aphrodite?
Answer: Britney Spears, Elizabeth Hurley, Marilyn Monroe, Theta Bara,
Sarah Bernhart, Lady Godiva, Guinevere, Cleopatra, Phryne, Sappho, Helen,
Question: The name of Cyprus comes from Aphrodite or her name Kupris comes
from name of Cyprus ?
Answer: Since Cyprus relates to the Greek word for copper, I would expect
that Aphrodite was named after Cyprus and not the other way around.
Question: Why is the nude torso headless and what does it represent?
Answer: In ancient Greece all statues had heads and arms and were often
painted in a lifelike manner. But the statues were cult statues used in
religious worship. When Christianity took over Greece and Rome the statues
were declared pagan and pull down and dumped in a trash heap. This rough
treatment caused most of them to be broken. That is the reason so many
Greek statues are headless and armless. But because of the beauty of these
statues they did not remain in the trash. Now they are often exihibited as
they are found, broken and stripped of their paint. To most people these
merely repesent beautiful relics of ancient Greece. But some actually
prefer the headless statues because they are deprived of their persona, which
is best associated with the head. The statue then represents pure sensuality
without personal identity.
Question: what is the significance of Venus of Arles?
Answer: Artist: PRAXITELES (ca. 400 – ca. 330 BC), Period: Greek Classical
Period, Date: second half 4th c. BC., Materials: marble, 194 cm high.,
Collection: France, Paris, Musee du Louvre.
In the Theatre Antique in Arles, the famous Venus d’Arles, now in
the Louvre, was found in 1683.
Copy attributed to Praxiteles: Click here
Question: Why was Aphrodite god of love and beauty?
Answer: There was no goddess of love and beauty until Aphrodite came
from Phonecia to Cyprus. There she was Astarte, the goddess of love and
beauty. There is actually no difference between Aphrodite and ‘Love and Beauty’. “Aphrodite is really a name for ‘Love and Beauty’. We now say that Aphrodite is the personification of love and beauty.
Question: What’s the measurement of the venu di milo statue? its height
above the fllor and the height of its navel above the floor?
Answer: The statue is 6 1/2 feet high (2.02 m). You can calulate the
height of the navel from a picture of her using a little geometric proportion.
Question: was aphrodite a lesbian?
Answer: No. She did display bisexuality but she preferred having sex with
men. In fact she is no different than ordinary sex in this way.
Question: Do you have the locations where the sculptures and vases
Answer: The museum that holds the piece tries to keep this information. This is refereed to as the provenance of the artifact. The provenance is very important to the value of an artifact.
Question: Myths say Aphrodite and Ares had many children, including
Deimos and Phobos. Is this true?
Answer: Think about it. Aphrodite is the goddess of lust and Ares is the
god of mayhem. Of course their children would be Fear (Phobos or Deimos),
Panic, Terror, and Trembling.
Question: Aphrodite and Artemis are opposites but they are said to be
good friends. Is this right or wrong?
Answer: This makes sense because sex is associated with a person’s wild
nature. Artemis and Aphrodite were allies in the Trojan war.
Question: what was Aphrodite’s personality like?
Answer: There seemed always to be a contest between divinely inspired
love and earthly love. She was generous but jealous. Her personal
relations were invariably sexual but more intense than flirtation. Much of
the sexual power she wielded was in her magic girdle and not in her
Question: What was Aphrodite’s relationship to Zeus?
Answer: Homer has Aphrodite as the daughter of Zeus and Dione, but Hesiod
has her as the daughter of Cronus and Gaia. She is either his daughter or
Question: what are the similarities and differences in the representation
of women in the two sculptures, VENUS OF WILLENDORF AND PRAXITELES, APHRODITE
Answer: Both are naked women but Aphrodite seems to be before pregnancy
while the Venus is post-pregnancy. The Venus has no face but the Aphrodite
has a lovely face. The Venus of Willendorf is about fertility while the Aphrodite of Cnidos is about desirability.
Question: I am a reporter trying to find out if and how the ancient Greeks
attempted to control the sex of their offspring. It’s widely quoted in the
media that men would lie on their right sides in order for the woman to
conceive a son. I’m not sure how accurate this is. Can you help me, or point
me to sources that could? (I’m also interested in the methods that other
societies since have used.)
Answer: I do not know why the ancient Greeks would try to control the sex of
their offspring, but maybe they did. But if they did not like anything about
the child that was born they could expose it or sell it into slavery and try
again. If a man’s wife was infertile or produced the wrong sex he could send
her back to her family and try another wife. The issue of whether a girl
baby was of value is another question. It did seem as though the ancient
Greeks did value girls, especially because they used them as bait. They
clearly realized what without good wives and mothers there would be no male
babies. They also realized that beautiful daughters could attract powerful
men, and even gods, who would produce noble offspring. Because of the
economic importance of children they did overemphasize the importance of
women bearing and nurturing children and so they isolated the women, but they
did not deny them their importance. They may also have valued them because
of the goddesses. A man could not afford to insult or cross a goddess.
Descriminating against girls might bring about such an insult. Also girls
were needed as priestesses to administer to the goddesses. Girls were needed
to perform women’s work as well.
Question: Did Aphrodite win the beauty contest btw she, Athena & Hera
because she was more beautiful or because she offered Paris a better reward?
Answer: She offered a better bribe. Remember love conquers all.
Question: i have a picture i am trying to find. it is a circular form with
four woman with long wavy hair holding little swords it almost looks like. can
you help me? thank you
Answer: An image of two women in a circular form:
A group of four women could be: Hera, Athena, Aphrodite, and Artemis.
Question: what does the torso of aphrodite reveal to us? nature of subject,
quality of carving technique, realism or idealism of subject and pose and
Answer: I assume you are talking about the following:
Click here. At the time of the execution of this piece sculpting had achieved a
high degree of skill, but some of the originality of the golden age of Greece
had been lost. By this time pieces where produced for their beauty and
decorative value, but there was still some religious fervor left. One cannot
assume that the sculptor was merely interested in the sensuous nature of the
female body even though he achieves a high degree of sensuousness. The piece
is lifelike and represents a body in motion which results from the apearance
of the smooth rippling muscles and slight twist of the body. Such pieces
were typical of the high level of sculpture achieved during the Hellenistic
Question: I am making a report (1 and a half hour) about Aphrodite
Aphrodisias and her roots in the oriental culture. I like to compare this art of
statue with the Arrtemis Ephesia and with Astarte.Can you help me by
comparing this types of ” Alma mater” statues?
Answer: See: Click Here for Aphrodite Aphrodisias. More: Click Here. Aphrodite and Astarte
are compared: Click Here. Note that the Europa story seems
to relate to the transfer of both Hera and Aphrodite from Phoenicia to Crete.
Question: what role did aphrodite play in ancient corinth?
Answer: The Temple of Aphrodite was famous for it priestesses dedicated
Question: I would like to ask you two things in order to
clarify a few points for my presentation on
Aphrodite.Firstly, since when has Aphrodite been worshiped by
the Greeks? And secondly, how can i connect her with Inanna,
Astarte and Ishtar?( Your reference to the article of Anne
Lombardi is not enough). Thank you very much
Answer: Homer mentions Aphrodite, Hera, and Athena so the assumption is that
these three goddesses were present in Greece at the time of the Trojan war.
The myth of Theseus and the Minotaur seems to relate to the transfer of all
three of these goddesses to the mainland of Greece. We know the worship
of Athena was introduced to Athens at that time and the supposition is that
Aphrodite and Hera were as well. All three of these seem to have been
goddeses in Crete for some time. The Minoan civilization lasted for over 2000
years before then and it was a sea-faring culture. The Medusa myth suggests
that Athena came from the Sahara region of Africa. The Europa myth suggests
that Aphrodite came from Phoenicia. But the myths do not indicate a
time-frame. The Europa myth may also have applied to Hera especially if Hera
and Aphrodite were one goddess who later separated into two.
More references about Aphrodite, Inanna, Astarte, and Ishtar.
- Greek (and Roman) Goddesses
- Ishtar: Ancient Goddess of Love and War
- Notes on Aphrodite
- Inanna in the Underworld
Question: Please tell me the myth of the golden apple
Answer: There are several apples:
- Hesiod, THE THEOGONY, “(ll. 211-225) And again the goddess murky Night,
though she lay with none, bare … the Hesperides who guard the rich, golden
apples and the trees bearing fruit beyond glorious Ocean.”
- … “(ll. 333-336) And Ceto was joined in love to Phorcys and bare her
youngest, the awful snake who guards the apples all of gold in the secret
places of the dark earth at its great bounds.
- … Papiri greci e latini, ii. No. 130 (2nd-3rd century) (11): “(ll. 30-36)
`But he, following lightly on his feet, cast the first apple (13): and,
swiftly as a Harpy, she turned back and snatched it. Then he cast the second
to the ground with his hand. And now fair, swift-footed Atalanta had two
apples and was near the goal; but Hippomenes cast the third apple to the
ground, and therewith escaped death and black fate.”
- Xerxes, when he marched against Hellas, had warriors with golden apples
mounted upon their spears.
- Eris threw the golden apple of discord into the wedding party of Peleus and
Thetis. This set up the judgement of Paris.
Question: a summary and analysis of the Homeric Hymn to
Question: Has Aphrodite always been portrayed as completly human woman?
Answer: Not exactly. Even the ancient Greeks, who believed their goddesses
had human form, did not believe they were completely human. Instead of blood,
ichor flowed in their body, and for food they ate ambrosia. And all the
goddesses had the ability to change shage and goddesses were often portrayed
in the shape of their favorite animal or bird. In the case of Aphrodite, this
was a dove. We believe that the worship of Aphrodite came from the worship
of Ishtar in Phoenicia. Ishtar was not portrayed in human form at all. You also need to consider that all of the ancient Greek statues were idealized. No mortal woman could be expected to live up to the idea presented in the Greek art.
Zeus wanted Aphrodite to have more sympathy wih mortals so he had her fall in love with Aniches, son of Capus, in the Troad. In this case she was fated to be a mortal for a while. She appeared to him in the disguise of a Phrygian princess.
Question: what is aphrodites personality trait?
Answer: Homer refers to her as laughter-loving. But her personality cannot be separated from her realm.
Question: What about orgy in ancient greece?
Answer: Click on Maenads. An orgy was a religious festival for Dionysus and is not really connected to Aphrodite.
Question: Who created the sculpture the BIrth Of aphrodite?
Answer: There are numerous sculptures by this name. For the most famous
one, the Ludocvici throne, the sculptor is not known. Ralph Laurent designed
the “Birth of Venus” for the Showalter Fountain at Indiana University.
Sandro Boticelli painted a famous painting called the “Birth of Venus”
Question: You said that Aphrodite’s personality triat Homer refers
to her as laughter – loving. What does that mean?
Answer: Most people find sex to be very pleasurable. I recollect groups of young girls laughing and giggling. Perhaps Homer had the same impression.
Question: is she zeus’s daughter
Answer: Homer thought so but others thought she was the daughter of Cronus.
Question: what are the two trees associated with aphrodite?
Answer: Myrtle and apple are two trees sacred to Aphrodite. The apple tree
is often confused with the quince tree.
Question: does she have any special features?
Answer: The powers of the other goddesses have faded with time but the
mystery, allure, attraction, and potency of Aphrodite has remained
undiminished. Aphrodite is just as relevant today as she always was.
Question: Physical profile of Aphrodite?
Answer: Tall, golden-haired, blue-eyed, pale-faced, perfect figure, graceful.
Question: is she really a king
Answer: The ancient Greeks believed she was the queen of the domain of
love and beauty. This meant that she ruled every person in her domain.
Question: What did Aphrodite usually do during the day?
Answer: A queen such as Aphrodite has to spend her work day holding court.
Other deities and mortals bring petitions and suits that she has to decide.
Before court she bathes and dresses so she looks dignified in court. At noon
she takes a simple meal. In the evening she puts on her party clothes for
a party, either in her quarters or elsewhere.
Question: what type of crown did she wear?
Answer: A polos is a common headgear for goddesses. A coronet with a dove in the front seems like a likely identifier. Hesiod, in the Theogony describes a gold crown that Pandora was given. It was contrived with many designs including all the monsters of the land and sea. Theogony, 384 Such a crown would be suitable for aphrodite as it helped to make Pandora irrestible.
Question: How many children did Aphrodite have?
Answer: There is a sense in which every child is a child of Aphrodite. But
by her various mates she had five or more.
Question: Did aphrodite have any brothers and sisters
Answer: Homer has Aphrodite as the daughter of Zeus and Dione, but Hesiod
has her as the daughter of Cronus and Gaia. She is either the half-sister of
Zeus and his siblings or the daughter of Zeus and half-sister of his many
Question: Why is Aphrodite always nued
Answer: Aphrodite is only nude when she wants to have sex or take a bath. The ancient Greeks never pictured her nude. That became more popular later.
Question: have you ever met aphrodite??
Answer: I have met love up close and personal. Perhaps this was Aphrodite.
Question: What are different expectations of men and wemen in
Answer: In ancient Greece men were expected to work outside of the home and
to take care of the affairs of the world such as war and politics. Women were
expected to stay at home an bear and raise children.
Question: Why whould greek people consult the Oracle?
Answer: Gods have the power to know the minds of men and to be able to
prophesy the true nature of future events. They also knew of the actions of
the other deities and the true causes of events. People who had trouble
could consult with an oracle so a deity would share some of this information
with a human. The human could then determine the true cause of the problem and
perhaps what to do about it.
Question: What was the Oracle of Delphi?
Answer: The Oracle of Delphi was communication that could be made with
the god Apollo in a temple in Delphi.
Question: How can I get more info on Aphrodite???
Answer: Ask better questions.
Question: can you tell me about Dione ,Aphrodite’s mom
Answer: She was probably a Titan who was involved in a minor way in a number
of Myths. She was present at the birth of Apollo and Artemis in Delos. In the
Iliad she comforted her daughter Aphrodite when she was wounded in the hand.
Question: Full story of Venus and aphrodite
Answer: The story of Aphrodite will never be complete.
Question: what were the names of Aprodie’s children?
Answer: Search above on “family tree”.
Question: How important is Aphrodite in procreation and other
aspects in life?
Answer: Vital. For most people Aphrodite gives life its meaning.
Question: Which word (not a proper noun) dealing with greek
mythology has 3 s’s in a row?
Answer: The following words all misspelled: Casssandra, goddesss, discusss. Actually such a word is not likely in Greek because double letters are formed when two words are combined that have Indo-European roots. The first word has the same letter as the second word. For this reason double letters usually are found in the middle of a word.
Question: was she bearded
Answer: Not usually. In some place she was worshipped in an androgynous
form related to Ishtar/Astarte where she was represented as bearded.
Question: was phrodite really beutiful
Answer: Yes. That is part of her nature. Even today a really fine,
beautiful young actress is referred to as a love goddess.
Question: did aphrodite have big breasts?
Answer: When she appears to you she always appears as whatever you like
best, so you must decide if you like big breasts. If you do she will appear
that way. If you like small breasts, she will appear with those.
Question: how come she is so beautiful?
Answer: Part of the nature of love is beauty.
Question: Do you think Sailor Venus is a good example of Aphrodite?
Answer: Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.
Question: what does Aphrodite represent as an Icon???
Answer: Heavenly love or Earthly lust.
Question: are there any porn pictures of her
Answer: Not really. The word “porn” comes from the Greek word “porno”
which means a particularly cheap prostitute. Pornograghy, for the ancient
Greeks meant images that promoted the business of cheap prostitutes.
Today we define pornography in terms of morality that is based on sex as
a basic evil. This is quite different from the Greek view. The Greeks came
to Aphrodite for religious purposes that they thought were basically good.
Though prostitution was within the realm of Aphrodite, there was nothing
cheap about the goddess.
Question: What was APHRODITE’s apperance actions thoughts or fellings
and her speech
Answer: Aphrodite was a powerful goddess second only to Zeus. Beauty
was part of her realm so she was perfectly beautiful. Her actions and
her thoughts are not that distinct. A goddess can effect action at a
distance so she can appear to be in more than one place. Likewise a goddess
senses both past and future time so she seems to be beyond time. She also
has the ability to shift her shape so she can seem to be anyone speaking.
If she gives a speach as herself it is always in beautiful and perfect
tones. But it is up to you to recognize her.
Question: How was Aphrodite killed or what became of her?
Answer: As the personification of love she is very much around today.
Question: Hi, I want to ask, is there a good story about Aphrodite that
conveyed a moral, lesson, message? If there is, can you please give me an
example? I’m doing this for a school project, so I would like a cleaner
Answer: Homer makes Penelope say in a speech that the parents of the
maidens died because of the wrath of the gods, that they were
reared as orphans by Aphrodite and received gifts from other goddesses:
from Hera wisdom and beauty of form, from Artemis high stature, from Athena
schooling in the works that befit women. He goes on to say that Aphrodite
ascended into heaven, wishing to secure for the girls a happy marriage,
and in her absence they were carried off by the Harpies and given by
them to the Furies. (the daughters of Pandareos.)
Question: Any goddesses who loved purely and intensely? Thanks
Answer: Oenone, Calypso, Circe, Aphrodite, Ariadne.
Question: Thank you, but perhaps I was not specific enough. I
have some knowledge of mythology, and was looking for
a goddess to whom I could compare a lovely woman, but
none of the goddesses seemed worthy. Eurydice’s mate,
orpheus is definitely not what I want to be compared
to, Calypso died of greif after practically keeping
odysseus as her slave, and Oenone committed suicide.
Mabey I’m being too selective, but were there any
couples in mythology that would better suit my
purpose? Thanks again.
Answer: You bring up an interesting point. Of course you must compare
your lovely woman to Aphrodite. You may not want to because Aphrodite
is too associated with gross sex, but this is merely a Christian bias.
The Ancients spoke of the Heavenly Aphrodite who personified the pure
and intense love you speak of. They also spoke of the Earthly Aphrodite who
personified the gross aspects of sex. But to pass over Aphrodite is
to insult her and this is dangerous, especially since she is in control
of the very feelings you wish to enshrine. By comparing your lady to another
goddess you may obtain the favor of that goddess but you surely will obtain
the animosity of Aphrodite. In the end Aphrodite will turn out to be the
most powerful goddess and you will lose everything. How about Aphrodite and Anchises?
Question: What kind of ruler was she did the people like her?
Answer: She has always been fickle but people have always loved her
Question: Was aphrodite just after sex and making everyone fall in love
with her, only to be disapointed, or was she nice, and had wisdom like some
of the wiser gods?
Answer: No. Aphrodite wanted sex to be an important facet of life but
she did not want sex for herself. She could be very nice to the people that
respected her. When she needed wisdom, she could get as much as she needed
from her friend Athena.
Question: how did aphrodite seduce all those me. like with what special powers??
Answer: Aphrodite always uses sexy feminine charms. There are many of
these and some men are susceptable to one and not the other:
- smooth skin and fine features
- soft hair that bounces around
- sparkling eyes
- laughing smile
- nice breasts
- good figure
- nice rear end
- pleasant voice
- legs that can dance
- shear gown
- exposed skin
- short skirt
- rosy complexion
- wiggle with walk
- naked female body
Question: who was acting as a spy for vulcan when he set a trap for aphrodite?
Answer: Book 8 of the Odyssey reveals that Helios was the spy.
Question: I heard that Aphrodite was a hermaphrodite however can not find this ty[pe information anywhere. Was my source incorrect?
Answer: No. Here is a reference: Click here. Because either sex can be attracted to the other,
Aphrodite is sometimes imaged with mixed gender. But in Greek mythology
she is more strictly the mother of Hermaphroditus.
Question: the question is where did Aphrodite live and what other god(s) did she
fight? and who did she rule?
Answer: After the defeat of the Titans Zeus did not allow the gods to
fight one another. But they could strive against one another by assisting
in mortal conflicts. Aphrodite lived in the palace of Zeus on Mt. Olympus
with the other deities in Zeus’s court. Not all the divities lived there
but the most important ones did. She rules all mortals, but only in the
realm of love and sex and other areas of her interest.
Question: do you have anything about about taurus the bull? Like pictures of ancient art.
Answer: Taurus just means bull, but which one? Neither Homer or Hesiod
seem to say but rumor has it that the bull which carried Europa to Crete
was rewarded by Zeus by becoming a constellation. This may also have been
the Cretan bull which Herakles struggled with. Here is that image:
Herakles and the Cretan bull: Click here
Question: symbol of bee
Answer: An important symbol in ancient Greece as evidenced by the following
images. The bee is associated with Artemis:
Question: How did Aphrodite’s husband find out about Ares?
Answer: From Homer, Odyssey “Ares made Aphrodite many presents,
and defiled King Hephaestus’s marriage bed, so the sun, who saw what they
were about, told Hephaestus.”
Question: whether or not aphrodite is a “respectable” role model. i have
always been somewhat attached to her, but recently was told that she mainly
represents lust and rape, not romantic love and femininity.
Answer: Rape is in the realm of Ares, not Aphrodite. But lust is in
Aphrodite’s realm because for most people that is love. Aphrodite
includes all love from earthly love to divine love. The ancient Greeks
acknowleged this by talking about Aphrodite Pandemos and Aphrodite
Uranous. She is not so much a role model as a representation of the love of
real persons. For the role model you should look to Artemis or Athena. In
fact the judgement of Paris was about this issue. Paris should have chosen
Athena as Oenone suggested. But do not make his mistake of chosing one
to the exclusion of the others or you will start a Trojan war of your own.
Question: Did Zeus ever get with Aphrodite?
Answer: No. Fortunately he respected his daughter.
Question: where can i buy books about mythology?
Answer: Click on the shopping guide on the top of the page. To find a
list of possibilities go to the menu directory and click on bibliography.
Question: What does the meaning of “Ode To Aprhodite”?
Answer: An ode is a poem. In ancient Greece these poems were sung at a
festival. They were often addressed to someone. There have been many odes
addressed to Aphrodite, the goddess of love. One of the most famous is the
only extent poem by Sappho. This ode is a prayer to the goddess of love
requesting that loves not be too painful and be successful.
Question: Is Aphrodite associated with bouillabaisse in any way? Did she prepare some kind of dish or fish stew to seduce another?
Answer: Because she was born in the sea she is often associated with things
nautical. She is the original mermaid. But she did not cook. Athena is
the goddess of craft and would have cooked.
Question: i have a girlfriend that i think is aphrodite. every man wants her and literally disrupts the class just to get her beautiful eyes on them. she has 4 doves at home and she too was born at the beach (her mom had a oicnic with her dad or something) her birthday is june 4. she is tall & slender, with long curly blonde hair down to her thighs, and saphire cleopatra like eyes. i really think this is aphrodite. do you think aphrodite is her? or just works through her? would this be a symbolism of her?
Answer: Aphrodite would not have a mortal mother and father. But Aphrodite
can take the place of someone to test you. You should not aggravate someone
who you think might be Aphrodite. You aggravate her at your own risk.
Goddesses have the power to do you in if you aggravate them. If you are nice
to her and obtain her favor then you will be served well. This is the way
the ancient Greeks would have responded to this situation.
Question: you said aphrodite was judged by alexander? judged by Alexander: Apollod. E.3.2, Paus. 5.19.5 tell me about how alex judged aphrodite..thank you!!
Answer: Aphrodite was judged by Paris (also called Alexander). Click on
the menu directory below, then click on the Judgement of Paris. Judgement of Paris
Question: Im not a perverted boy writing you so that i can get off on your
ansewer and i know this is not really about Aphrodite. But i read this thing on
greek weddings saying that on the night of the honeymoon that everyone would
wait outside till the bride and groom where done but it also said that they
would sang songs to drowned out the brides scream now i know what they where
doing in there. But my question is what did the grooms do to the brides on
honeymoon night? thank you very much
Answer: They were having sex. If the girl is a virgin and has not carefully
prepared her vagina, the first time she has sex can be very painful. Hence
the screams. If the girl has prepared her vagina she screams in pleasure
instead. Some men actually prefer an uprepared virgin and are turned on by
the screams. These men have the problem of having to turn to other women
Question: What colors did Aphrodite wear to make herself more desirable was it pastel colors or what color would arouse desire if a woman wore it?
Answer: According to the myth it was Aphrodite’s girdle that did it. It
is described as follows: ‘As she (Aphrodite) spoke she loosed from her bosom t
e curiously embroidered
girdle into which all her charms had been wrought–love, desire,
and that sweet flattery which steals the judgement even of the
most prudent. She gave the girdle to Juno and said, “Take this
girdle wherein all my charms reside and lay it in your bosom. If
you will wear it I promise you that your errand, be it what it
may, will not be bootless. Iliad, Book XIV.”‘
No color is indicated but later it is described as having a hundred
tassels. In practice the ancient Greek ladies preferred red or purple,
but another quality, sheer, seems to have been more important. The ancient
Greek ladies wore sheer, see-through fabrics which the men found irresistable.
Question: how can you win aphrodite’s good side? (to win her favor?) what types of ceremonies would make aphrodite proud enough to bless you with something special?
Answer: You talk sweetly to a member of the opposite sex and in a way that i
is complimentary and helpful. Giving this person presents is often helpful.
Question: Why was Aphrodite not jealous of Helen (who was the most
beautiful) but was jealous of Psyche? Couldnt she use Psyche as she used
Helen? (Use them both as a toll to Aphrodite’s success?) Perhaps it was
because the men ignored Aphrodite for Psyche and not Helen??
Answer: In most myths Helen is a mortal and Aphrodite is a goddess.
Many goddesses are more beautiful than Helen because they are perfectly
beautiful, while Helen’s beauty is imperfect. Helen is also a tool of
Aphrodite and must do as she commands. Psyche is a goddess. It would not
do for one goddess to be jealous of another. But they could deal with each
other. Aphrodite could command Helen but she had to deal with Psyche. The ancient Greeks did not have Psyche as a goddess. She came a little later during the Roman Period. So Aphrodite would not have dealt with Helen and Psyche at the same time.
Question: the golden apple
Answer: There are several:
- The apple of discord thrown by Eris that was inscribed “For the fairest”.
- The apple Aphrodite provided to Meilanion so he could beat Atalanta
in a footrace.
- The are the golden apples received by Hera from Gaia and guarded by the
- Golden apples (quinces) were also the symbol of Aphrodite.
Question: no arms,why?
Answer: They were broken off by accident. Many Greek statues were
toppled by an earthquake. Others were damaged by invaders. Some were
discarded because of their pagan content.
Question: Besides the fact that she is tall, blonde, and pale skined and blue
eyed. What other details in the Mythology book are there about Aphrodite like
her weight, her lips, nose etc..??
Answer: A goddess stood a full head taller than the average man and was
proportionally heavy. Epithets from Hesiod and Homerica:
- shapely feet
- foam born
- face and her dark eyes wafted such charm
- For she was clad in a robe out-shining the brightness of fire, a
splendid robe of gold, enriched with all manner of needlework, which
shimmered like the moon over her tender breasts, a marvel to see.
Also she wore twisted brooches and shining earrings in the form
of flowers; and round her soft throat were lovely necklaces.
- her bright jewelry of pins and twisted brooches and earrings and
necklaces, and her girdle
- her cheeks shone unearthly beauty
- on her head they put a fine, well-wrought crown of gold, and in her
pierced ears they hung ornaments of orichalc and precious gold, and adorned
her with golden necklaces over her soft neck and snow-white breasts, jewels
- She clothed herself with garments which the Graces and
Hours had made for her and dyed in flowers of spring — such
flowers as the Seasons wear — in crocus and hyacinth and
flourishing violet and the rose’s lovely bloom, so sweet and
delicious, and heavenly buds, the flowers of the narcissus and
lily. In such perfumed garments is Aphrodite clothed at all
Question: Why did Aphrodite favor Echo so much?
Answer: Aphrodite did not favor Echo. Had she she would have given Echo
a lot more power.
Question: why was Aphrodite considerd a maiden when she has had many chidren?
Answer: It was the un-married maiden who was the most attractive to the
men and who they lusted after most. Aphrodite is more of a nymph than a maiden. Artemis represents the girl before marriage. Artemis represents the girl at marriage. Eileithyia represents the girl during pregnancy. Hera represents the girl after marriage. Hecate often represents the girl in old age.
Question: How did Aphrodite flirt? What were her ways of flirting?
Answer: Aphrodite did not flirt, but she enabled flirting in others. Her
magic girdle allowed her to accomplish any of her amorous aims.
Question: In this discussion you say one thing eg. Aphrodite’s a
flirt, then u turn around and say she wasn’t..which is it? There are also
other things u’ve said that I don’t think u know the answer to…
Answer: I have revised my comments about Aphrodite’s flirtation thanks to
your suggestion and further research. I hope you will be considerate
enough to point out other inconsistencies in this material. It is based not
as much on my knowledge as careful research.
Question: You said that Zeus respected his daughter and did not have sex
with her..but in one website I read that Eros was born from Zeus and
Aphrodite. If you say this isn’t true..who were Eros’s perents? wi
Answer: It makes good sense that Eros is the offspring of Zeus and
Aphrodite, but it is also sensible that Aphrodite is the offspring of Eros
and Gaia. There are different opininions among the ancients as to who came
first, Eros or Aphrodite. Normally the ancients listed Eros as the
offspring of Ares and Aphrodite. But this derivation of love from war is
not at all satisfying. Hesiod has Eros appear with Tartarus and Earth
out of Chaos. Acusulaus makes Night and Erebus his mother and father.
Sappho has him born of Earth and Heaven, while Alcaus of Iris and Zephyr.
Simonides gave him Aphrodite and Ares
Question: whi was it that she had to marry and do you have a story that you may be able to send me .
Answer: Marriage was a political issue that resolved questions of succession
Question: Was Aphrodite the most beautiful goddess? How does the beauty of Hera, Athena, Artemis, Demeter , Hestia, etc compare with Aphrodite?
Answer: Paris thought Aphrodite was the most beautiful goddess but he
just made the other goddesses mad at him. All these goddesses are beautiful.
Which one is the most beautiful depends upon your needs. In the morning, on
a cold day, when you just get up, Hestia will seem the most beautiful.
Question: I know this is about Aphrodite, but this is the only place where I
can ask questions like this…is there a goddess of water, or a goddess of
anything wet like that??
Answer: Each body of water has its own goddess. The Nereides are the
goddesses of the seas around Greece. The Oceanides are goddesses of the Ocean.
The Naiades are goddesses of fresh water bodies. There are thousands of these
goddesses. Naiades included Aegle, Creusa,, Nomia, Lilaea, Melite. Nereides
included Thetis. Oceanides included Asia, Calypso, Doris, Amphitrite, and
Metis. Amphitrite was the wife of Poseidon and goddess of the
Question: what was Aphrodite afraid of and what did she dream of and what was somethings she’d like to see?
Answer: Goddesses have little to fear. A goddesses’ dreams are your
reality. You see what she wants to see. Goddesses usually get what they
Question: Where did the Greeks some up with the idea of Aphrodite?
Answer: The idea of Aphrodite seems to have traveled from Phoenicia to
Crete and then to mainland Greece. The story of Europa seems to describe the
first part of this event, though this transfer probably occurred many,
thousands of years ago. The story of Theseus and the Minotaur seems to
describe the second transfer, with Ariadne being identified with Aphrodite.
This transfer is more easily dated to about 1400 BCE.
Question: Was Aphrodite feared?
Answer: Yes. In fact, all goddesses, even the weakest nymph was feared.
The anger of only one such goddess was usually enough to do in a mortal.
Question: What dose Aphrodite carry?
Answer: Most often she carries a crown on her head, but also she carries
a sash or a girdle. She could also carry any other of her symbols.
Question: where is aphrodite patron home
Answer: Many of the goddesses, including Aphrodite, lived with Zeus
in his palace on Mt. Olympus. But aphrodite also maintained palaces at
Papphos on Cyprus and on Cytheria.
Question: Can you tell me what is the symbolic meaning of Aphrodite’s mother? (Dione) and a little information about Dione
Answer: There is little known about Dione. Her entire meaning is that
she is the mother of Aphrodite. Aphrodite is an old goddess and in some myths
was a primary force in cosmology. Yet she must have had a mother and father.
Why not Zeus and Dione? But the Hera, Dione relationship is not resolved.
Nor is the realm of Dione evident. Then the geneology of Dione is very fuzzy.
Question: i heard that she rose between parties during war, is this true?
Answer: I believe that in some cultures the goddess of love is a war
goddess, but this is not true of the Greeks.
Question: which chair of the gods does aphrodite sit? is there a reason why?
Answer: When Zeus banquets there are at least 12 gods and goddesses in
attendence. Zeus is at the head of the table with Athena to his right and
Aphrodite to his left. Hera is at the foot of the table. On a daily basis
Hestia is far more important than either of these goddesses and sits to his
right with Demeter on the left.
Question: Why do gods(Aphrodite) like to not let humans see their true identity?
Answer: Gods and goddesses live beyond time and space. If humans know too
much about the gods and goddesses then they can achieve this also. Humans
must stay in their place.
Question: what is the most popular myth about aphrodite?
Answer: Her birth in the sea foam is a popular art subject.
Question: did aphrodite have any brothers or sisters?
Answer: All the sons and daughters of Zeus are her half siblings.
Question: why was aphrodites role improtant in mythology
Answer: Love may be the basis for civilization.
Question: wasn’t aphrodite tha wife of hercules?
Answer: No. Hebe became the wife of Hercules after he died and was brought to heaven.
Answer: Click here
The thing around her waist is her girdle.
Question: DID HEPHEASTUS KNOW ABOT ARES
Answer: Gods know everything eventually.
Question: photography of goddess aphrodite
Question: I need more info on Eros Aphrodites son
Answer: Click here
Question: What was the impact of Aphrodite on the Greeks? Did she have a temple?
Answer: The influence of Aphrodite on ancient culture was profound and
served to define many aspects of culture. But Christianity rejected many
of those influences and declared many activities sinful. Many activites
that were perfomed as religious acts for Aphrodite were declared as sinful
and forbidden by Christians. As a result much of her influence was pushed
into our subconscious. An interesting example is the case of the
Tarentella of southern Italy. Frenzied dancing was associated with the
fertility rites dedicated to Aphrodite. Christian priests forbid this type
of dancing. But in southern Italy there was a poisonous spider whose bite
could only be cured by frenzied dancing. Oddly this bite was infectious and
whole villages would have to dance to save their lives. Because of the deadly
consequences of not dancing the church had to approve. Thus the fertility
rites of Aphrodite were perpetuated into modern times.
There were many temples built for Aphrodite.
Question: Was she a creator of anything
Answer: Aphrodite is the goddess of love, beauty, sex appeal, and fertility.
She can create any of these qualities anywhere she wants. She can also create
rules about these qualities everyone must obey. She also should be given
credit for anything that results.
Question: was there a real live person like aphrodite
Answer: A human cannot posses many of her powers but there are many women
who have charms resemblng her. These are women who have the gifts of
Aphrodite. The best examples of the women are the human women who had sexual
relations with the gods. Only a very beautiful and charming woman would
attract a god to have sexual relations with her.
Zeus is attracted by Callisto, Carme, Io, Lamia, Niobe, Semele, Taygete,
Thebe, Pyrrha, Leda, Protogenia, Asteria, Hybris, Elare, Electra, Aegina,
Danae, Alcmena, Europa, Cassiepea, Callirrhoe, Eurynome.
Apollo is attracted by Hyacinth, Amphissa, Marpessa, Phthia, Arsinoe,
Coronis, Cassandra, Manto, and Hecuba.
Poseidon is attracted to Aethra, Canace, Iphimedia, Tyro, Hippothoe,
Alcyone, Pero, and Euryte.
Dionysis is attracted to Ariadne.
Helen had the charms of Aphrodite.
Question: who she is related to , like ( god of winds , god of sea ) ??
Answer: All the gods and goddesses are related. Aphrodite has no full
sisters or brothers but many in the half state. She is most closely
related to Hera and Athena who act like her sisters.
Question: where there any fights between aphrodite and the gods
Answer: Zeus does not allow the gods and goddesses to fight among themselves.
Question: How come Aphrodite chose Helen Of Troy?
Answer: Helen was the most beautiful woman in the world. Notice she was not
Egyptian, African, Chinese, Indian, or Mesopotamian. Helen was a Greek. The
Greeks were proud of their beautiful women who incorporated the realm of
Aphrodite. They believed that they were so beautiful that they seduced the gods to come to earth
and have sex with them. This happened many times with the result that many
Greeks could trace their ancestry to the gods. Helen’s mother was one of these
beautiful women who attracted a god. Zeus raped her in the guise of a swan
and Helen was the result. The fact that she was born from an egg seemed to
help her beauty.
Question: why did you say that aphrodities looks like Britney Spears? I think that you are putting your opinion in that answer.How do you know what she looks like?
Answer: Aphrodite embodies ideal sexiness. Britney Spears is an instance
of real sexiness. Elizabeth Hurley is another instance. Aphrodite is a
generalization of both women. But what quality is it that makes up this
generality? Appearance is not everything, but it is very important. To
visualize Aphrodite you just have to generalize the beauty of these two women and a lot of other beautiful women as well.
Question: what object would represent Aphrodite.
Answer: A sexy naked female body. A sexy naked male body is also a
possibility, but just remember that Aphrodite is female.
Question: How come Aphrodite looks so differnet in all her pictures, she is never the same girl?
Answer: All the goddesses have the ability to change their shape and
appearance. When one appears to a human she always takes a shape familiar
to that human. For that reason she looks different to different humans.
Question: how many lovers did she have???
Answer: There is no way of knowing since everyone loves Aphrodite.
Question: Wwhat kind of meal would aphrodite eat?
Answer: All the goddesses eat a special food called ambrosia. This is
especially important because it helps them with their divine powers and helps them stay immortal. For a drink they take nectar. Ambrosia is described as overpoweringly sweet in
odor and taste, but it cannot be described as boring because that would not
be a perfect food for the gods. It is possible it comes in many shapes and
tastes to appeal to their pallate. But it is also a purifying and cleansing
agent and it is often used in this way. It is said that birds fly it in.
Of Ambrosia Aristotle states: Aristotle, Metaphysics section 1000a: ” For if
it is for pleasure that the Gods partake of them, the nectar and ambrosia are
in no sense causes of their existence; but if it is to support life, how can
Gods who require nourishment be eternal? (3.18)”
Question: How did the sculpture of Aphrodite of Cnidos relate to the position of women in Greek society?
“Venus pudica” (“modest Venus”) is the name commonly given to the existing
copies of the Aphrodite of Cnidos. “To see which many have sailed to Cnidos,
is the finest statue not only by Praxiteles but in the whole world.” So said
Pliny the Elder, a Roman scientist and historian. To simplify one must
exaggeratesomewhat and say that until Praxiteles’ time the feminine body
was taken as composed of parts. With Praxiteles it becomes an organic whole
transforming the surface into a gently rolling landscape, a chiaroscuro
without sharp transitions, limits or accidents. The smooth feminine body, in
contrast to the rugged male surface anatomy, is sculpted with all the little
changing details produced by the displacement of the “soft” parts according to
the posture or gesture. . The statue was said to be so overwhelmingly beautiful that the men of the island of Cnidos could not refrain from touching the image. Eventually, the authorities had to have the figure surrounded by a fence, after which it could only be looked at and admired from a distance.
Praxiteles sculpted a revolutionary statue but he also struck a
sympathetic nerve. A statue such as this memorializes its subject. A naked
women is carved, but it is not a symbol of every naked woman. It is a
symbol of love and desire. In any society there are women who are more
desired. In ancient Greece the hetaerae seem to be more the subject of this
statue than the wives and mothers. It was women like the statue who were more
Question: what kinds of clothes did she wear
Answer: She might not wear any clothes. Godesses have no laws that
require them to wear clothes and they are so beautiful that no one is offended
if they leave them off. To a mortal clothes are a sign of status and they
serve to shield a person’s modesty. But goddesses have no need for modestry.
There is no honor to protect since gods learn all truths eventually anyway.
If she wanted to wear a divine garment for some formal occaision then it would
be made of gossamer. This varies from a shimmery opaque to transparent
depending upon the light and angle. Gossemer does not hide anything. Since a god or goddess cannot hide anything from another divinity then there is little reason for clothes during
situations where only divinies are present.
Until Hellenic times goddesses were depicted clothed. Later they often lost their clothes. This was because it was sinful for artists to depict mortals nude. During Hellenic times some goddesses were portrayed nude. So it became the practice to depict nude goddesses to get around the prohibition against nudes.
To a mortal the situation is different. A goddess can appear to
mortals in any guise. She might pick an appearance which is familiar to a mortal so she is recognized or she migt diguise herself. A goddess will alway pick a
garment that is helpful to the situation with the mortal. A goddess can
even change shape to suit. A goddess could appear naked to a mortal if she
thought it would be effective, but this is rarely the case. Usually a
goddess will appear in the guise of a friend of the mortal so that the
mortal is comfortable and easily influenced. This is why goddesses are
usually pictured in the garb of the mortals who worship them.
Question: What are some of Aphrodite’s accomplishments?
Answer: Aphrodite’s main accomplishment is bringing love and sex into the
Question: how old was she when she die
Answer: Aphrodite is an immortal and will never die. She lives today as much as she did in ancient Greece.
Question: how pretty is aphrodite and she is not trahy like brittney spears is trashey and aphrodite was classy not like brittney ok.
Answer: Aphrodite can be unbelievably pretty. She can be so pretty as to
be irrestible. But she can also be trashy. The classy aspect of Aphrodite
is called Aphrodite Urania. This is the heavenly Aphrodite. This Aphrodite
is like Princess Diana. Then there is the trashy Aphrodite. This is
Aphrodite Pandemos. This is like Britney Spears doing vulgar sex. This
is the earthly Aphrodite.
Question: was cupid aphrodites’son
Answer: No. Cupid was the Roman god of love. Aphrodite’s son was Eros
the Greek god of love. The Romans equated Cupid and Eros.
Question: If Aphrodite was so smart, then why would she have an affair on her husband Hephaestus??
Answer: Aphrodite is not the goddess of smartness. That is Athena.
Aphrodite is the goddess of passion. And Aphrodite was forced to marry
Hephaestus against her will. She may have been plotting to get rid of
him. It is especially difficult for us to know of her motives. A true
believer in Aphrodite would have faith in her decisions as necessary.
Question: is it true that aphrodite changed herself into a fish and cupid too ,,, hence this equails the piese fish
Answer: All gods and goddesses had the ability to shift their shape so they
certainly could appear as a fish. A fish tail was attached to aphrodite
because of her connection to the sea.
Question: what clothes and hair styles did aphrodite wear?
Answer: Aphrodite could shift her shape to adapt to any situation. Often she
appeared as a friend of the worshipper. To accomplish this she might have worn
any hairstyle or clothes. Traditionally in ancient Greece she wore a Peplos. On her head she wore a polos or a gold stephanos (a gold crown). Usually hair is bundled uder the staphanos.
Question: When was this article writen and updated?
Answer: Started Nov. 30, 1997 and last updated Aug 14, 2009.
Question: how do you worship Aphrodite
Answer: First be very respectful when you are in her domain of love and sex.
Secondly, do not reject love and sex. Thirdly, Build her a temple for worship
services. Forth, hold ceremonies that she would like such as processions,
feasts of sacrifice, dances, athletic events. Finally, pray to her.
Question: how does she dance
Answer: She is more a dance teacher than a dancer. She called on the Graces
to do the dancing. She taught the women to dance so they would excite the men.
Question: was Aphrodite a blonde or bruennete?
Answer: Most authors say she is blond but she can be anything.
Question: why do they have so many gods?
Answer: They had many gods because they found many gods. They also found
many realms with a deity to each realm. Many of the Greek deities were
personifications of natural processes. The fact that they saw so many
gods is a tribute to their observation of the subtleties of nature.
Question: We just had a few questions about Aphrodite. Why was Aphrodite
so significant in greek mythology?
Where any of Aprodites children immortal too?
Answer: For some philosophers love was one of the basic elements of the universe. Love encompased various kinds of joining including gravity, magnetism, and electrostatics, as well as sexual joining. The importance of love for sex and fertility was also greatly appreciated. Fertility was important for food crops and for the production of human offspring.
Aphrodite’s children can be either mortal or immortal depending upon the circumstances. Generally liasons with mortals produced mortals while liasons with gods produced immortals.
Question: What impact did Aphrodite have on the greeks?
How did she affect their lives?
Answer: She may have made them go to war.
Question: does aphrodite like hera?
Answer: They are like sisters.
Question: What are would she have made them go into?
Answer: Aphrodite was an important cause of the Trojan war.
Question: what is sine
Answer: Sin is behavior that goes against the eternal laws that Aphrodite
has laid down. Christian sin is not the same as sin for Aphrodite, but there
are similarities. The Christian message of love thy neighbor is one that
Aphrodite is quite fond of. But Christians think masturbation is a sin. It
is clear that Aphrodite does not think masturbation is a sin. Nor does she
think homosexuality is a sin. In fact she was so fond of prostitution that
she had temples dedicated to it. Of course the prostitution that exists
today promotes crime and she is not in favor of that. In fact what is
loving and healthful is not a sin and what is unhealthy and destructive is
clearly a sin. The problem is that Aphrodite has control over a very very
complex realm that is difficult for mere mortals to figure out.
Question: Is there a recent accurate picture of Aphrodite in clothing?
Answer: Aphrodite by Erte
Question: Did the Greeks like Aphrodites
Answer: Aphrodite is a powerful goddess who the ancient Greeks believed
deserved respect. You do not have to like her, but you will have to live with
Question: Is Aphrodite a hoe?
Answer: Aphrodite is not a whore. Nor is every woman even potentially a
whore. But Aphrodite’s realm can be perverted. And you can make money off
that perversion. A whore is someone who perverts love for monetary gain.
Since Aphrodite defines love and sex she cannot pervert it. And she can
condemn this type of perversion as a sin.
Question: what is APHRODITE A GODDESS OF AND WHY?
Answer: A goddess is born to her realm. When a new realm is identified
by Zeus he sees that a god or goddess is born to it who has the necessary
qualities. But love and sex, Aphrodite’s realm, is so basic to the nature
of things that Aphrodite was born before Zeus.
Question: I would like to know if there were any specific art critics who expressed their opinions regading aphrodites’ nudity, etc.? Any books/ articles??
Answer: Images of Aphrodite, Resources
Question: what political allegiance did she have
Answer: Deities cannot be counted upon for political allegiances. They may
support a political party as suits but they can switch sides instantly if
it is warrented. Aphrodite supported the Trojans against the side supported
by Athena and Hera. Athena’s support for the Achaens proved too powerful for
Aphrodite and Troy was defeated. But the Achaeans were too greedy in their
defeat and Athena turned aginst them. Within a short time their commander
was dead and half their army was destroyed.
Question: Are there cities or stars named after Aphrodite
Answer: Aphrodisias. Venus is a planet named after her.
Question: Who worshipped Aphrodite?
Answer: In ancient Greece only those persons worshipped a goddess who had
a felt need in the realm of the goddess. Persons who had a problem with
love and sex worshipped Aphrodite. Person who had no problem with the realm of
love and sex had no need to worship Aphrodite.
Question: how does she relate to other goddesses
Answer: Zeus requireds that all the deities strive against one another in
a friendly manner. All deities communicate, but their powers are confined
to their realms. If one deity needs something in another realm they
must strike a deal.
Question: Was Aphrodite in any groups or cults?
Answer: A major goddess like Aphrodite would act alone and would have no
need for groups or cults. But many mortals felt they needed the benefits of
Aphrodite and they formed groups and cults dedicated to Aphrodite. Of course
Aphrodite was complimented by these efforts.
Question: girly girl or tough girl
Answer: Aphrodite can vary from slut to sex queen to girly girl to princess
of love but she is not that tough. Artemis is the tough girl. Even Hera
and Athena are tougher than Aphrodite. But Aphrodite is far stronger and
tougher than any mortal man or woman.
Question: Who was Aphrodites man that she really loved?
Answer: Aphrodite really loves all sexually active men and women. She
seems to favor the most beautiful of these. Adonis was the most beautiful
of men and Helen the most beautiful of women. She also loved Anchises.
Question: How was Aphrodite worshipped exactly? What types of offerings or incense were placed in her temple? Do we know this yet?
Answer: Aphrodite was worshipped in a variety of ways depending upon the
needs of the individual worshipper. Only those persons with a felt need
in Aphrodite’s realm bothered to worship Aphrodite and their worship would
vary depending upon that need. Often the offering related in some symbolic
way and was an attempt to communicate to the goddess about the need. Models
of a situation might be presented, or prayers. An example of a possible
model is the following female head.
Question: what was her childhood like?
Answer: Some myths give her no childhood while in others it is indeterminant
or very short. Aphrodite was goddess from conception and had most, if not all her
powers from the beginning. A goddess does not benefit from an education
because of her ability to know all. She may have gone through a period when
she went from small to large, but some myths show her born full size.
Question: what people did to win their favour
Answer: Actually almost anything is possible. The Greeks had no certain
practice, but there were customs that could be followed. In addition to
prayers, libations and gifts to the goddess, beauty aids, special clothing
and even magic and incantations might be tried. If sucess was achieved a
record might be left in her temple that might guide others. Being actually loving incurs her favor.
Question: why was Aphrodite stand out as an historical figure?
Answer: Aphrodite is not a historical figure. A major goddess such as
Aphrodite always stands out regardless of history.
Question: why did aphrodite always satnd out as a historical figure regardless history.
Answer: Love and sex are basic human forces that must always be dealt with.
Aphrodite, as a personification of these forces, is meaningful to many people
regardless of their cultural or religious orientation.
Question: what other types of mythology can you find a charecter that portrays the goddess as Aphrodite?
Answer: There are many other mythologies with a goddess of love similar
to Aphrodite. Some goddesses, such as Astarte, are believed to be related
to an older goddess from which Aphrodite derived. But Aphrodite is in fact
unique to the Greeks.
Question: who were the contemporaries and cohorts who affected Aphrodite the most
Answer: As a goddess Aphrodite is immortal and has no mortal contemporaries.
A goddess lives out of time but is strongly influenced by her creation.
Unfortunately the creation of Aphrodite is a subject of much debate. Hesiod
seems to think Aphrodite is the result of the action of Cronus on Uranos
with the help of Gaia. This suggests that love is a primitive force that
grew out of the separation of the sky and earth in the early days of the earth.
Homer, on the other hand, states that Aphrodite was the daughter of Zeus and
Dionne. This suggests that Aphrodite was a result of the thought of Zeus and
therefore must have some rational necessity. What Dione contributes is a
bit of a mystery because her realm is not clear.
Because Aeneas is the son of Aphrodite, she was held in special favor by the Romans. Because of this they named the brightest star(planet) in the sky, Venus, after her.
Question: Do you worship Aphrodite?
Answer: Any kind of love can be considered the worship of Aphrodite. I am
involved in many types of love and so I could be considered a worshipper of
Aphrodite. In the Greek sense I may even have seen Aphrodite, an epithany,
because I have been with very lovable people and others wise in the ways of
love. I have built altars to Aphrodite because I have wrapped presents to
loved ones. My home is a temple of Aphrodite because it is there that I
welcome loved ones. My church is a temple of Aphrodite because is is a place
of love for the community.
Question: who was aphrodite’s favorite family member?
Answer: Aphrodite loves lovers. She does not distinguish between the
heavenly and earthly kind.
Question: what was aphrodite’s contribution to the world
Answer: Aphrodite has always maintained the realm of sex and love.
As goddess she provides the gound or matrix and the rules by which love
works. Some rules are enforced by necessity and others must be decided on
a case by case basis. She also listens to prayers, which are appeals for
her to decide a rule differently. She must decide how to act in each case.
Question: Who followed the deity?
Answer: Lovers in need of help with their love.
Question: which King was in love with Aphrodite
Answer: Most kings are in love with Aphrodite. Anchises had an affair with
aphrodite but he was only a prince.
Question: Am I Aphrodite?
Answer: I cannot tell based on what you have said so far. The usual test
involes your knowledge of the realm of Aphrodite and your physical beauty.
Your ability to foretell the future is also an important charasteristic. I would see Aphrodite in you if you were kind.
Question: I was reading your page and the person that made that made the prejudes coment I think was really rude. How do you think Aphrodite would have felt about that?
Answer: The ancient Greeks believed that when you forgot about a goddess
then she punished you. They also believed that you should be kind to
strangers because a divinity might visit you in that guise. If you were
unkind to a divinity by accident then you were punished.
Question: If Aphrodite came from sea foam how does she have parents?
Answer: The connection of Aphrodite to the sea foam may only be accidental.
One relation is between the word ‘aphros’ and ‘Aphrodite’. ‘Aphros’ means
sea foam but this word is not related to the word ‘Aphrodite’. There is
no indication that the one word is derived from the other. More likely is an
accidental relationship. There is nothing in the nature of the goddess that
suggests foam either. Hesiod associates Aphrodite with foam in his
Theogony but Homer indicates Aphrodite is the daughter of Dione and Zeus.
These two versions of the birth of Aphrodite are difficult to resolve so
you have your choice. Most artists have found the foam story the most
interesting and so there are many illustrations of it. But that does not
make it true.
Question: LUCIFERUS =Aphrodite?
Answer: No ancient Greek accepted this. Lucifer is a name given to the
planet Venus as the morning star. It is also a name given to Satan. The
Ancient Greeks knew nothing of Satan. The concept of Satan comes from
the Hebrews. Before the time of Alexander the Greeks knew nothing of the
Hebrews. Because of Alexander Greek learning and Hebrew learning mixed.
This type of mixture impacted the Roman period. Our naming of the heavens
come from the Romans who respected Venus as the mother of their founder
Aeneas. The Romans took Aphrodite and Venus as equivalent, but they are not
in fact. The Roman added the well-storied Aphrodite on to their more limited
Question: did aphrodite live in the mortal realm?
Answer: Not for long. Her affair with Anchises involved experiencing mortality for a while.
Question: with what olympians did aphrodite get in conflicts with?
Answer: All deities and mortals are subject to Aphrodite except the
virgin goddesses. But Zeus does not allow Aphrodite to fight with any other
Question: Why is Aphrodite called the Goddess of Love and Beauty?
Answer: The ancient Greeks did not assign names to their deities, nor
did they assign them roles. Rather they accepted them as they presented
themselves. Indeed a goddess is born to her realm. Really she is conceived
to her realm. The Greeks assumed that Aphrodite was the goddess of love
and beauty because the deities decided that love would be part of the nature
of things. Empedocles even thought that love was a basic substance that
made up the universe.
Question: How did Aphrodite die? Or did she even die at all?
Answer: Aphrodite is just as alive today as she ever was. The ancient
Greeks believed she, and most of the other goddesses, were immortal and could
not be killed, nor would they die. There were mortal godesses. Medusa was
killed and Persephone dies every year. The mortal goddesses died and
went to Hades where they are still acessible.
Question: Did aphrodite love ares?
Answer: What Homer says is “Meanwhile the bard began to sing the loves of
Mars and Venus,
and how they first began their intrigue in the house of Vulcan.
Mars made Venus many presents, and defiled King Vulcan’s
marriage bed,..” Odyssey, Book VIII.
The suggestion is that they are lovers.
Question: was aphrodite involved in the olympics
Answer: Probably. I know of no stories involving Aphrodite and the Olympics
but it is pretty hard to keep her out of any human activity. Though women
were excluded from the Olympics, the goddesses could not be excluded.
Question: Why was Apherdite born
Answer: Goddesses and gods are born when a primary god or goddess realizes
the need for the realm that the deity will control. Love and sex were seen as
necessary for the nature of things and so Aphrodite was born. Why the name
‘Aphrodite’ was chosen is not clear but she was chosen as the goddess of love
and sex at her conception.
Question: On my recent trip to Cyprus, I got an awewome picture of Aprodites Rock. It is the cluster of 5 rocks next to the big rock. Please explain as I am submitting this photo. Was the 5 rocks the ones thrown at Aphrodite out of jealousy?
Answer: About a five-minute drive from Pissouri Village is one of the most
famous monuments in Cyprus. Aphrodite’s Rock (or Petra Tou Romiou) is said to
be the spot where the Goddess Aphrodite was born from the foam. This rock
protrudes from the sea, and locals say that eternal youth will grace those
who swim around it three times. With its spectacular views and sound of
breaking waves, the site is one of the island’s most romantic.
Question: Who is the god of agricutlure?????????????????????????????????????????
This is not one god of agriculture. Dionysus ia the god of vinyards. Demeteris the goddess of grain. Persephone is the goddess of spring. Artemis is the
goddess of wild nature. There were also many nymphs who dealt with local
features such as meadows, springs, rivers, and trees.
Question: was there a hero in the myths of Aphrodite? And if so then who was he?
Answer: Aeneas, Anchises
Question: Did Aphrodite promise anything to anyone?Was it like a goddess or someone?
Answer: Not really. A goddess does not really have to promise anything.
She acts often just by thinking about it. So the result is immediate.
If you pray to Aphrodite that you deserve to be sexy because you have been
exercising, and she agrees with you, then the result is immediate and you
are sexy. The promise of a goddess is that she will take care of her realm
and answer your prayers.
Question: Who did Aphrodite promise the most beautiful woman in the world to?
Answer: Paris, son of Priam, King of Troy.
Question: what were Aphrodite’s interests?
Answer: The world of love and sex.
Question: were alot of the other ladies mad that Aphrodite was able to have any guy out there and that it wasnt a challange for her
Answer: No. Aphrodite was the goddess of love and sex and this means that
she would share her powers. Some were mad at Helen because she got more than
her share. Hera was never mad at Aphrodite for the trouble she caused, but
rather used her powers for her own purposes. Most ladies were thankful to
Aphrodite for the powers that she shared.
Question: Where does she come from?
Answer: The ancient Greeks thought all the gods and goddesses came from the
union of the earth and sky. They believed the gods and goddesses were born
just as mortals are born but they have divine parents rather than mortal
parents. But archeologists do not believe that a belief in Aphrodite existed
for more than about 2500 years in ancient Greece. They believe that the
worship of Aphrodite may have come from Phoenicea. It is interesting that
the myth of Europa involves a female coming from Tyre in Phoenicea. This myth
may not only describe the transfer of Aphrodite, but also Hera. It seems that
in Phoenicea these two goddesses may have been one. The Minoan civilization
may have separated Aphrodite from Hera. The Mycenaean civilization seems to
have gotten Aphrodite and Hera from the Minoan Civilization. The Mycenaean
civilization seems to have passed these two goddesses to the Dorians that
came into Greece just after the Trojan war. The Dorians married Zeus to Hera
and Ares to Aphrodite and so merged their male gods with the more female ones
of the Mycenaeans.
Question: How old are you And If you are really Real Beacuse there is only one god which Fir i Belive and I Just Want to know if you are real
Answer: The ancient Greeks believed that Aphrodite was born before recorded
time and was as real as the sun and stars. They held that belief for over
a thousand years and then, around 125 AD, they lost it. There are many, like
you, who believe in one god, but, even today there are many with different, and
conflicting beliefs. Such diffences of beliefs have lead to war and mayhem.
By understanding the sincerity of each person and respecting their integrity
you can come to a religiousity that transcends religious sects and gives you
a path to world peace. Aphrodite would like nothing more than for you to
embrace the love of every human and being in this way. You will find the
miracle that your god and Aphrodite share reality in a world of peace. As to the reality of Aphrodite I can say that I am very grateful to have love in this world and that Aphrodite is nothing different from this love.
Question: why is she called that
Answer: No one knows. In ancient times a similarity was noticed between
‘aphros’ and ‘Aphrodite’ and so the story goes that Aphrodite was born in
the foam ‘aphros’ of the sea. But modern linguists cannot confirm this
story and the source of the word remains a mystery. Most likely the cult
of Aphrodite came from Phoenecia but the goddess like Aphrodite there was
called Astarte. Now ‘Astarte’ means “The woman that made towers.” A discussion
of this definition can be found at
The name Aphrodite is peculiarly Greek but in the Greek language it only
references the goddess of love and sex.
Question: where can i find a poem about aprhodite?
- One of the only remaining poems of Sappho is titled “To Aphrodite”.
- Both Homer and Hesiod contain many references to Aphrodite.
Question: why was aphrodite invented by the greeks/romans?
Answer: It is a great mistake to think of Aphrodite as an invention.
The ancient Greeks believed that Aphrodite was just as real as the sun and
moon. Their beliefs were not a matter of faith, but rather of experience.
They found Aphrodite to be a part of their world and they found prayer to
Aphrodite to be effective. No one required this belief. There was no religion
as such with a creed of beliefs. No one was required to worship Aphrodite.
Aphrodite was worshiped by those who needed her help. Those who had no need
of Aphrodite could focus on those gods or goddesses who would be of benefit.
Aphrodite was a very real part of the culture of ancient Greece.
Question: What is Aphrodite’s claim to fame
Answer: A goddess needs no claim to fame. Her importance depends upon the
importance of her realm. And there are few realms more important than love and
sex which is what Aphrodite rules over.
Question: do you have an example picture of a modern day nude Aphrodite
Answer: Horizontal Nude – Bob Todrick
Question: what is the very last place seen by aphrodite
Answer: Aphrodite is an immortal goddess. All goddesses, including
Aphrodite, have the ability to be many places at once. What would be the
reason for having many temples otherwise? Furthermore the term ‘last’ has no
meaning for a goddess. Godesses live out of time and experience all time
at once. This allows them to prophesy.
Question: what kind of Goddess is Aphrodite? Titaness, Olympian…
Answer: Hesiod says she is a titaness while Homer has her as an Olympian.
Thus there is no final answer to your question. The meaning of the different
orders of gods is not clear, but it seems to relate to the conquest of one
culture by another. The pantheon that we see is the one provided by the
conquest of Greece by the Indo-European Dorians who seem to have brought their
religion from the north into Greece. It seems that the Dorians merged their
pantheon with the dieties of the Minoan and Mycenaean cultures when their
culture merged with these cultures. But we do not know whether the Titans
represent Dorian or Minoan pantheons. Zeus is Dorian and Hera Minoan, so
it is possible that the Titans are just the dieties from both cultures that
were rejected. A goddess of love and sex mave have been present in both
cultures so in her case one goddess resulted from two.
Question: What is myththat aphrodite is associated with?
Answer: You may read Hesiod or Homer to answer this.
Question: Can they show her ass
Answer: Aphrodite can display any part of her body she wants, and since
all parts of the body relate to love ans sex, she has, no doubt, displayed
them all. But not all artists are sympathetic with Aphrodite and some may
incur her wrath for improper display of her body or parts of it.
Question: What is Aphrodite’s biggest flaw?
Answer: Mortals have flaws but after Ate, the goddess of error, was
banished to the earth by Zeus, goddesses in heaven could make no error.
They have a realm with boundaries which limits them.
Question: What is the most popular symbol that represents Aphrodite?
Answer: Today it is the red rose. In classical Greece a naked young woman
was popular. In heroic times it was the love apple.
Question: How did Aphrodite feel about her parents?
Answer: She was grateful that they conceived her.
Question: Why dosen’t Aphrodite wear clothes?
Answer: Sometimes Aphrodite wears clothes and sometimes she does not.
She wears clothes to keep warm and she takes them of when it is very hot
or she wants to bathe. She also wears clothes to hide her sexy charms. She
takes them off when she want to reveal her naked charms. But sometimes
clothes can be sexy too. She will wear a shear dress when she wants to look
sexy. She wil wear a coarse and heavy material when she wants to hide her
sexiness. Some people are fond of the beauty of a naked girl’s body so they
like statues of a naked Aphrodite. But this does not mean that Aphrodite
always went around naked.
Question: Are there any modern day connections to Aphrodite?
- beauty pangents
- strip joints
- lip stick
- The Venus de Milo is the most popular statue in the world.
- love and sex are important cultural forces.
- Rape and crimes of passion still occur.
- the dating ritual
Question: Was Aphrodite unfaithful to Hephaestus?
Answer: Probably. Love and sex do not encourage faithfulness. It is
society and its institutions that do this. Faithfulness is in the realm
of Hera, the goddess of marriage. As the goddess of love and sex Aphrodite
had no requirement to be faithful.
Question: Aphrodites personality traits
Answer: The personality of Aphrodite is exactly determined by the realm
over which she rules, love and sex. Some of her personality traits are
revealed in the epithets which Homer applies to her. These include:
- golden – probably amounting to saying blonds have more fun.
- laughter loving – Laughet in a young woman is viewd as sexy.
- fair – beauty and grace make a woman more sexy.
- vixen – foxy.
As Zeus says (Iliad, Book VI) “it has not been given you to be a
warrior. Attend, henceforth, to your own delightful matrimonial
duties, and leave all this fighting to Mars and to Minerva.”
Question: What did Aphrodite CONTROL?
Answer: Aphrodite controlled the realm of love and sex.
Question: What city was most devoted to Aphrodite?
Answer: Athens, Epidauros, and Corinth had temples.
Question: what is the true defination of aphrodite
Answer: A goddess is defined entirely by her realm. Aphrodite is the
goddess of love and sex and this is her realm.
Question: what are her responsiblities?
Answer: Her only responsibility is to take care of her realm.
Question: Did Aphrodite’s pristess preform ritual prostition?
Answer: Some probably did, but this is because some women want to be
like a prostitute. More likely is that they performed like a stripper and
left the prostitution to a slave. A priestess really had a very high
status and was often free to do what she wanted. But most often she was a
wise person who a person in trouble could consult. Naturally in the case
of Aphrodite her priestesses would be consulted about love and sex. These
priestesses would have to have a lot of experience with love and sex in order
to be helpful.
Question: Does she ever have clothes on?
Answer: Aphrodite is rarely shown nude until late in the classical period.
Then she is often shown nude. This is because it was realized that a woman
is far sexier nude. In the older times the attraction of aphrodite was
often attributed to her special power residing in her girdle. This girdle is
imaged as a belt, vest, or simply two straps that pass over the shoulder
and cross between the breasts. After Praxiteles carved his naked Aphrodite
it was realized that the sexual power of a women resided in her naked beauty
and style, and not in any special garment. This beauty is not always visible
but is hidden under clothes. But the power of this beauty is demonstrated
by Helen, who is rarely shown naked, but is described as the world’s most
Question: How did Aphrodite die?
Answer: There is no reason to believe that she did. She is an immortal
goddess who will never die. She is also the personification of love and sex
and these are very much around today.
Question: wherewas she born
Answer: The most common answer is in the foam of the sea. Opinion differs
whether the foam was off Cytheria or off Paphos on Cyprus.
Question: does aphrodite bring good or evil to human beings?
Answer: A goddess such as Aphrodite cannot commit an error, but must resolve
her realm according to some divine plan of her own making. It is clear that in
the long run the plan must be perfect and good from her point of view. But
there will be many cases where the divine plan involves causing harm to some
mortal in the short run. What a mortal gains from religiosity is an
understanding of the ways of the goddess and how to avoid such pain.
Question: What did Aphrodite do to be worshiped?
Answer: A goddess need do nothing to be worshipped. It is the nature of
a goddess to be worshipped. This is true because of the realm over which
the goddess rules. In ancient Greece an individual need in the realm generated
a need to worship. Worship was not required in ancient Greece but it was only
performed as needed. If one had a need for a fire one worshipped Hestia. If
one had need of a good crop of grain one worshipped Demeter. The hope was that
the worship contained knowledge of how to behave to get the desired result.
This worship may involve behaviors to bring about the desired result.
Question: Why would she be called goddess of beauty if I guess she’s not that
good after all. Besides, I am Catholic and our religion expresses love for
only one god and ONLY ONE , Christ our lord should be worshipped. What would
you think of this?
Answer: If you study Aphrodite carefully you realize that it is not wise
to call Aphrodite not that good. The ancient Greeks had no idea of the Devil
to blame bad things on. All the gods participated in both good and bad.
But what they did was alway correct and just. It is only from the point of
man that things look bad. But the ancient Greeks had no religious beliefs
as you have. They thought they found the gods around them. Later people
realised that beliefs were needed for a religion. When beliefs were
studied and developed, the ideas of the ancient greeks were incorporated
into the new religions. So if you study about the religion of the ancient
Greeks you can learn about ideas that went into your religion.
Question: what si the quote out of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream that involves Venus(Aphrodite)????
So should the murder'd look, and so should I, Pierced through the heart with your stern cruelty: Yet you, the murderer, look as bright, as clear, As yonder Venus in her glimmering sphere 65 Flower of this purple dye, Hit with Cupid's archery, Sink in apple of his eye. When his love he doth espy, Let her shine as gloriously 110 As the Venus of the sky.
Question: what animals did aphrodite rule?? and is she the mother of cupid?
Answer: Animals sacred to Aphrodite include: sparrow, dove, swan, swallow,
iynx, tortoise, ram. Cupid is Roman.
Question: what were heroic deeds?
Answer: Deeds that are courageous or noble and performed by a mortal are
considered heroic. A goddess performs divine deeds which are always superior
but never heroic. Heroic deeds are performed by a hero or heroine. These
are usually selfless acts that benefit the whole community and not just one
individual. Both ‘hero’ and ‘heroine’ come from the word ‘Hera’ which means
Question: What are the two different aphrodite’s. There is one doing something like vulgar sex, and then there is a nother one. What are they called?
Answer: Aphrodite Pandemos and Aphrodite Urania. But there are actually 41
Question: What was Aphrodite’s influence
Answer: A goddesses influence depended entirely on the influence of her
realm over which she ruled. The realm of Aphrodite, love and sex, was terribly
important; so important that the Trojan war was fought because of it. But the
side of Aphrodite did not win. Rather, Athena, the goddess of wisdom,
prevailed over Aphrodite with the help of Hera, the goddess of marriage. And
so it would seem in ancient Greece life was a battle of reason over passion.
Question: How many times did she marry
Answer: A person does not have to marry to have sex and so Aphrodite never
took marriage seriously. She was married at least once and perhaps eight times
but none were serious and none lasted.
Hera, the goddess of marriage, married just once and it lasted.
Question: Who as Eros in love with, and do you have a picture of her?
Question: Was Aphrodite a parental figure
Question: I’m looking for a movie of video clips of roman goddesses like Aphrodite
Answer: There seems to be a video about aphrodite at click here
Question: When was the first Aphrodite art object done?
Answer: The oldest one that I can find is 580 BCE: London 1971.11-1.1.
Question: Aphrodite and Adonis:
Answer: “ And Adonis, while still a boy, was wounded and killed in
hunting by a boar through the anger of Artemis.1 Hesiod, however, affirms that
he was a son of Phoenix and Alphesiboea; and Panyasis says that he was a son
[p. 87] of Thias, king of Assyria,2 who had a daughter Smyrna. In consequence
of the wrath of Aphrodite, for she did not honor the goddess, this Smyrna
conceived a passion for her father, and with the complicity of her nurse she
shared her father’s bed without his knowledge for twelve nights. But when he
was aware of it, he drew his sword and pursued her, and being overtaken she
prayed to the gods that she might be invisible; so the gods in compassion
turned her into the tree which they call smyrna ( myrrh ).3 Ten months
afterwards the tree burst and Adonis, as he is called, was born, whom for the
sake of his beauty, while he was still an infant, Aphrodite hid in a chest
unknown to the gods and entrusted to Persephone. But when Persephone beheld
him, she would not give him back. The case being tried before Zeus, the year
was divided into three parts, and the god ordained that Adonis should stay by
himself for one part of the year, with Persephone for one part, and with
Aphrodite for the remainder.4 [p. 89] However Adonis made over to Aphrodite
his own share in addition; but afterwards in hunting he was gored and killed
by a boar.” (Apollodorus, Library and Epitome, 3.14.4)
“Beyond it is a building where the Argive women bewail Adonis.” (Apollodorus, Library and Epitome, 2.20.1)
Question: What is Aphrodite’s birthday?
Answer: Aphrodite was celebrated on the fourth day of every month.
Question: If you were to create a sculptural image of Aphrodite, what elements or techniques would you use to show the viewer that it is Aphrodite? In other words, wwoul dyou have her holding a dove etc.
Answer: Any of her symbols will do, with several better than one. But by
making her beautiful and sexy her identity is usually devined. Two crossed
sashes representing her girdle is the most common. A dove or apple are other indicators.
Question: what is some information about her gurttle?
Answer: Aphrodite’s girdle is an article of clothing which has a spiritual
value and a symbolic value. The first clothing was worn for a similar reason.
Since the function is not plain the appearance of the garment differs. Some
- Europa with studded girdle at her waist
- Kreseis, second from left, with girdle
- Hector wears a girdle with a zigzag pattern
Pictures of Aphrodite’s girdle are scarce probably because with Praxiteles
it was realized that her beautiful nudity was the only girdle she needed.
Question: If Aphrodite never married (As you said above) How is Hephaestus recalled to her as a husband?
Answer: Sorry! That previous answer was wrong. I hope it is more correct
now. Aphrodite married 1-8 times, but no marriage lasted or was taken
Question: What was the reason that Aphrodite was in paintings and
Answer: Aphrodite was included in art by the ancient Greeks because they
thought she would be pleased and because they wanted to educate people about
Question: was she the only goddess who had no father
Answer: It is better to assume that all goddesses have a father and a
mother. The identity of the parents may be vague. A missing parent must be
carefully considered. If she rose from the sea then her parents would be Cronus and Gaia
Question: what happened at the end of the trojan war?
Answer: Aphrodite managed to see her son, Aeneaus, saved and Helen saved
but she had to witness the huliliation of the Trojan woman and the destruction
of Troy. She may not have been punished further but there is a storythat she was crucified later in life. It is very difficult to punish a
goddess and it is impossible for a mortal. The deities that had supported the
Trojans were quickly assimilated back into Olympus. This process was
facilitated by the transgressions of the Greeks who were punished by Athena
and Zeus as a result.
Question: How was Aphrodite’s role in the war against the Titans and the giants
Answer: Homer points out that Aphrodite was not much at fighting. But she
can be the cause of conflicts, and she can be an enormous distraction.
Question: How was the Aphrodite relationship with Apollo and Artemis
Answer: Somehow Apollo avoided a sexual liason with Aphrodite and Artemis
has remained a virgin. Still Apollo, Artemis, and Aphrodite assisted the
same side during the Trojan war. Normally all the divinies are on good terms.
Question: does she have any religous holidays?
Answer: She was honored during the festival of Apaturia. Although this
festival was most commonly held around the 11th of Pyanopsion, each individual
clan,or Phratria, chose the exact day to hold this celebration. Aphrodisia —
The bathing festival of Aphrodite and Peitho (Persuasion). The fourth day of
every month was dedicated to Aphrodite. Skirophorion — Beginning (3?): Arrhephoria — This was the hidden rite revolving around two young priestesses of Athena, called the Arrhephoroi (perhaps “Carriers of Unspoken Things”). After living in Athena’s temple for two years, they perform various secret rituals, including carrying a package by a secret path to the sanctuary of Aphrodite in the Gardens, and bringing back another secret package. Then they were replaced by two new girls. The Arrhephoroi wore white robes and ate a special light bread.
Question: what did the other goddess think of Aphrodite
Answer: Aphrodite is the goddess of love and sex both mortal and immortal.
A few of the goddesses were not involved in sex and so were unnaffected by
Aphrodite. These included Athena, Hestia, and Artemis. Though Artemis was not
involved in sex with males, she may have been with females. In this case she
was was still involed with Aphrodite. All the other gods and goddesses had to
respect Aphrodite or they could not have good sex.
Question: Could you please list out the good and bad traits of her
personality? Thank you very much!
Answer: A goddess has no personality traits apart from her realm and to
her she has no bad traits since she is faultless. The realm of Aphrodite
is love and sex and any personality identified is in reality an identification
of traits of love and sex. For example Aphrodite is a character in the drama
of Euripides, Hippolytus, Aphrodite says “I honor those who reverence
my power, but I lay low all those who think proud thoughts against me.” This
is a statement about Aphrodite and about the realm of love and sex. It is
interesting to read ancient Greek literature for the accuracy of their
observations. Further investigation of this subject awaits your pleasure.
Question: what does aphrodite look like? describe every thing please
Answer: Nude, everything is perfectly feminine. Remember tha a goddess always can change her appearance to meet the expectations of her viewer. The result is that each artist can have a different idea of her.
Question: what were aphrodite’s weaknesses
Answer: A goddess has no weaknesses. She has a realm and attributes of
that realm form her personality. She is the personification of the realm.
Question: did Aphordite have many lovers? If so how many did she have?
Answer: There is no telling. Every lover loves Aphrodite and you might say
that she has sex with every one who has sex.
Question: how did she dress when she was alive?
Answer: She is as alive today as she ever was. She dresses provocatively
when she wants to be seen but sometimes she does not want to to to be seen. We see her most often in a peplos because that was the dress that the ancient Greeks wore.
Question: i dont bevieve aphrodite was really born from cronus what do you think
Answer: The ancient Greek myths are not taught with the idea of instilling
belief. A more important question is whether the ancient Greeks believed this.
Empedocles believed that love was a basic substance and was thus primary in
the universe. Another view relates to what Cronus actually personified.
Consider an interpretation of the Myth of Cronus: “Hesiod explained that,
when Sky began to imprison his siblings, Earth persuaded her fiercest male
offspring, Kronos, to overthrow him by violence because Sky first contrived to
do shameful things. When Kronos later began to swallow up all his own children,
Kronos’s wife had their son Zeus overthrow his father by force in retribution
for his evil deeds. These vivid stories, which had their origins in Near
Eastern myths like those of the Mesopotamian Epic of Creation, carried the
message that existence, even for gods, entailed struggle, sorrow, and violence.
Even more significantly, however, they showed that a concern for justice had
also been a component of the divine order of the universe from the beginning.”
Reference. Cronus is a god of strife.
Love and srife are related since you strive for what you love. According to
this view Aphrodite is logically the daughter of Cronus.
Question: What was the question of Aphrodite?
Answer: Incidental to this, the question arose, on which hand had Aphrodite
been wounded? The text says only that Diomedes’ spear thrust pierced her cloak.
Question: I’v got a question for my research and I would appreciate if the q will be deliverd directly to my e- mail account. -When and Where in Hellenistic art does Aphrodite function as a personification allegory and as godess?- thank u
Answer: In ancient Greek literature she always functions this way. Check
out Homer’s Iliad for a clear example.
Question: what was aphrodite family like
Answer: Aphrodite’s family is so unimportant that there is some question
whether she has one. Homer relates her parents as Zeus and Dionne who had
a singular affair to produce Aphrodite. Dionne may have been a doting parent
but Zeus had little to do with Aphrodite because he was too busy with his own
affairs. Hesiod’s version gives her no family at all.
This should not be suprising in view of the nature of love and sex. In
ancient Greece sex and lust were an important foundation for society.
Courtship does not seem nearly as improtant as sexual stimulation and
satisfaction. Parents arranged marriages and little time was spent on
courtship. Free women called hetaerae arranged social events called
symposia, danced provocatively or arranged other entertainment, and satisfied
the men with their sexual activity. Wives had little to do other than bear
babies. Aphrodite would be more associated with hetaerae than wives as a
Question: how does the nude statue of Aphrodite represent greek ideas’ about
Answer: The Greeks knew that sex could have a powerful effect on men. They
knew that the desire for sex could cause rational men to behave irrationally.
This was Aphrodite’s power. Originally they thought this action was caused
by magic. This magic was contained in Aphrodite’s belt. They became aware
that feminine beauty had this power, particularly naked feminine beauty. With
the carving of the naked feminine Aphrodite it was realized that naked feminine
beauty could exist outside the female. This was proof that it was a form
and not some other substance.
Question: what was aphrodites greatest failure?
Answer: Most Olympian goddesses and gods are perfect and never fail. The
goddess of error was banished by Zeus to the earth so only mortals are
capable of error.
Question: What kind of sacrifice would Aphrodite perfer from her worshipers, and why? Be creative.
Answer: Aphrodite wishes most that her realm be respected. This means that
the sacrificing person should take an interest in love and sex. Hopefully this
will result in something productive. No other sacrifice is required. No
prayers, no gifts to aphrodite and no naked virgins. The best evidence for a goddess is kindness and consideration even in matters sexual.
Question: can we get more information on her for a projet.
Answer: Yes, state clearly what you want.
Question: What are Aphrodite’s weakness?
Answer: Goddesses do not have weaknesses. A goddess is perfect and without
error. But a comparison of their characteristics is obtained by reviewing
her realm. The character of her realm is identical to the character of her
Question: Who was the ugliest god married by Aphrodite?
Answer: Do you really think that the goddess of love and sex would
willingly marry an ugly god? And what kind of god would want to be styled
as ugly? Is it really a good idea to associate ugliness with love and
sex? Once you have answered these questions you might realize why
answering such a question might not be appropriate. Remeber that beauty is in the mind of the beholder.
Question: Do you think that Aprodite would have a daughter and send her to
earth as a mortal in recarnation?
Answer: Some say such was Helen. Most would admit Helen was treated like
a daughter by Aphrodite. As the most beautiful woman in the world she was
the reincarnation of Aphrodite. Some even say she was crucified, and others
say she rose to heaven. But beautiful women are still being born, and these
often become the reincarnation of Aphrodite. And since each women was
born as the result of love and sex, you can say that they are all daughters
Question: does aphrodite have a symbol
Answer: The dove is a common symbol. An apple is another, but there are others.
Question: did aphrodite have sex with anyone?
Answer: A woman wants to have sex, but because of the extreme consequences
of becoming pregnant, she must reserve herself for the right time. She needs
to find a partner who will be a good, loyal provider. On the other hand she
must project a fresh, healthy image to the male who might be her partner.
Aphrodite must present the ideal of this. Aphrodite, no doubt has sex with
some that she thinks are good providers. She does this in the guise of their
girlfriends or lovers so as to encourage them to be the loyal provider that
Question: how did Aphrodite die?
Answer: Aphrodite is an immortal and will never die.
Question: What is another name of Aphrodite?
Answer: Morpho or Praxis.
Question: where is aphrodites rock
Answer: Click here According to legend, Aphrodite goddess of love and beauty, rose from the waves in this strikingly beautiful spot. The Greek name, Petra tou Romiou is associated with the legendary frontier guard who kept the marauding Saracens at bay. It is said that he heaved this large rock into the sea destroying the enemy’s ship.
Another Picture Legend has it that if you swim around the rock three times, you will have eternal beauty (but there are no guarantees!). It is one of the most famous beauty spots in Greek Cyprus and is situated 10 minutes drive from Pissouri on the old Paphos road. The best view of the rock is from the restaurant on the hillside across the road.
Question: How was the worship and following of the cult of Aphrodite
actually conducted? If we went back in time to her temple what we see and do?
Answer: The main temple of Aphrodite was the master bedroom of each house,
and the main followers a man and his wife. If we looked in upon them
on their cult practice they would simply be having sex. Another temple
of Aphrodite might by the symposium. This was a party for men that was
held in a special room, andron, of many homes. The men would lay around the
edge of the room on couches while girls would serve and entertain. This
entretainment would include music, dancing, and displays of sex. The girls
might even dance naked. Any of these activities would be considered cult
practices of Aphrodite. Some cites actually had a temple of Aphrodite. The
one at Corinth was famous. In addition to the processions to the altar,
libations, and sacrifice festivals that were standard worship with all deities,
there were the temple prostitutes. They would display themselves and
bargain their sex for money provided by a worshipper. The prostitutes were
slaves that were gifts of wealthy citizens to the temple of Aphrodite.
Question: was there any pictures of any of the goddesses completely naked
Answer: Yes. A goddess loses no status or power by being naked. In fact
a naked goddess is a symbol of purity. But mortals can lose status. Slaves
are often kept naked to keep them powerless. And goddesses are beautiful
naked because they are perfect. To be illustrated in this way may be a
complement because the beauty is revealed. But a naked image of a mortal woman
can be a insult because it reveals her of loose character. The ancient Greeks
had naked images of a goddess to please the goddess. Later Romans had naked
images of goddesses to please themselves.
Question: What is Aphrodite’s emblem
Answer: A beautiful naked girl, in a beautiful pose, possibly holding a
dove, and possibly also with a scallop shell.
Question: In the kingdom of fauna what represents fertility and is sacred to
Answer: Myrtle, mruex, and myrrh trees, and a quince(a love apple). Ordinary apples are also symbols.
Question: Describe the part of nature of areas of life is believe to
control by Aphrodite.
Answer: Aphrodite is the goddess of love, beauty, sex, sex appeal, and
fertility. She is also the goddess of lust, motherly love, brotherly love,
and heavenly love.
Question: what does aphrodite look like
Answer: All goddesses are shape changers and can change their appearance.
For this reason they are known by their attributes. For Aphrodite this
involves love and sex. For example, you might have a chat with a friend.
This friend gives you good advice about your love-life. Aphrodite might have
visited you in the guise of your friend. You might wish to repay the
goddess for this advise. You might find a beautiful figurine of a girl
with a symbol of Aphrodite such as a girdle in the form of a sash and
deposit it on the altar of a temple of Aphrodite. This figurine to you would
Question: It seems there were alot of goddesses in ancient Greek times – what
“proof” did the greeks have that they existed? How much faith was put in the
goddesses by the ancient greek people? Basically, what is the general history
and importance of the goddesses in ancient greek times?
Answer: The basic concept is that a goddess rules a realm. The existence
of the realm can be determined from experience. The second factor is whether
the realm is rule bound. If so this is evidence that the goddess rules it.
Religion was not a matter of separate belief for the Ancient Greeks. They
felt that the nature of the gods and goddesses were the cause of natural
events. Their interaction with the gods they believed allowed them to better
interact with natural events. If they could control nature with natural laws
then there was no place for the gods. For this reason Aristotle was able
to reduce the number of gods to one single prime mover. But in the realm of
love and sex there are so many mysteries that Aphrodite still holds sway.
Question: who is the strongest among the god
Answer: Zeus is stronger than all the other gods combined, but he has had
to rely on helpers (Hecatoncheires) to defeat his enemies. Athena is
probably second strongest, while Aphrodite is third. Then comes Poseidon,
Hades(Pluto), Artemis, Hera, Hestia, Apollo, Hermes, Hephaestus, and Ares.
But any deity is stonger than many mortals taken together.
Question: What are the contribution of Aphrodite to the mythology?
Answer: Nothing. A goddess is committed to truth and cannot err. Mythology
is a collection of stories that are not necessarily true. They ancient Greeks, such a Aristotle, referred to myths as poetic truth. The story is that Zeus has forbidden the other deities from revealing divine truth to man because with divine truth man would become as god. So the deities reveal divine truth in crypted form. They hide it in the voice of your friend, or in an oracle, or in the flights or entrails of birds.
Question: Did aphrodite ever have sex with other women or goddesses??
…….Do you have a picture of aphrodite having sex?
Answer: Aphrodite is indiscriminant as to the objects of her sex.
Question: are there any poems about Aphrodite
Answer: Yes. Sappho’s only extent poem is about Aphrodite.
Question: Who does Aphrodite relate to our everyday lives?
Answer: Aphrodite relates to those you are attracted to and to those who
are attracted to you. Aphrodite is the love you have for others and the love others have for you.
Question: Does Aphrodite have any particular powers???
Answer: All goddesses have a number of powers in common. These include:
flight, immortality, shape changing, prophesy and all-knowing, and perfection.
Their special powers relate to their realm. For their realm they define
the rules and laws, and they can make exceptions to these rules. These
exceptions seem to relate to an ability to change the thread that a life is
following that was woven by the Fates. When the fates spin a thread of life
they seem to bundle a number of threads that are joined at intervals like
knots. A goddess cannot affect the life at the knot but she can direct the
life down a thread that is better or worse. A goddess is constrained by the
threads available, but the ability to choose gives the goddess great power.
And her ability to prophesy allows he to make a much better choice that a
mortal would. Obviously she has control over just those threads that include
her realm. If she wishes to affect another realm she must make a deal with the god or goddess of that realm. The special powers of Aphrodite relate to
the progress of a mortal’s love- or sex-life.
Question: If all Goddesses such as Aphrodite were destined and bound to
perfection, then why did Aphrodite make the mistake (or error by any other
name) constantly harassing Psyche based on shallow envy? Was this before the
Goddess of error Ate was banished by Zeus?
Answer: The main purpose of stories about Aphrodite is not to learn the
truth about the goddess, but to learn the truth about her realm. After all it
is the nature of the realm that one needs to accomodate oneself to. Envy
is an important aspect of the realm of Aphrodite and learning about envy
is the point of that story. Envy cannot be an action of Aphrodite due to
her perfection. It just looks like envy when in fact Aphrodite had a higher
purpose which cannot be known by man.
Question: is there any movies about aphrodite?
- A number of the Xena episodes include Aphrodite: Xena
- Any movie about the Trojan War includes Aphrodite: Greek Mythology in the Movies
- Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream is really about Aphrodite.
- Pierre Louy wrote a novel Aphrodite which has been made into a movie:
- Ovid’s Metamorphosis has inspired numerous movies and plays which
include Aphrodite. His Art of Love(Ars Amatoria) is a Manual for
Aphrodite. The story of Pygmalion inspired George Bernard Shaw who in turn
inspired My Fair Lady
- The story of Beauty and the Beast is about Aphrodite.
Question: Please explain symbolism of Venus holding her cincture against her
Answer: An interesting statue of Aphrodite is at:
This statue is obviously inspired by the statue by Praxiteles, or one
of its copies. The pose of the left hand was supposed to suggest modesty,
which was thought to be erotic. This statue also has the suggestion of a
girdle, which many lack. On a statue that is nude the girdle means little
as the nudity of the statue carries the erotic power that the girdle is
supposed to convey.
Question: where does Aphrodite live?
Answer: Most of the time she is everywhere. But for special occaisons
she has rooms at the palace of Zeus on Olympus. And she maintains her
own palace on Cythera and at Paphos on Cyprus.
Question: What does she look like with clothes on?
Answer: She can look like any mortal she wants. A goddess can modify her
shape and appearance at will. She can look perfectly beautiful if she wants
or even ugly. Different artists have represented her differently. Click
on some of the links at the beginning of the article for different views.
Answer: Aphrodite is involved with many relationships because that is an
aspect of her realm. Animals, plants, mortals, and deities are all involved.
Question: what did her name mean?
Answer: ‘Aphrodite’ means ‘ancient goddess of love and sex’. The ancient
Greeks thought it meant ‘foam born’ but modern scholarship does not support
Question: Is there a story about Aphrodite where pride is the downfall of man?
Answer: The story of Phaedra and Hippolytus is like this.
Question: Tell me more about the myth of Aphrodite and the golden apples please?
Answer: There are several myths with Aphrodite and Golden apples:
- Atalanta and the golden apples
- Eris and the apple involved in the judgement of Paris.
- The golden apples in the Garden of the Hesperides.
- Golden apples are symbols of Aphrodite.
- A love apple(a quince) in the hands of Aphrodite turned into a mirror in
the hands of a mermaid.
Question: What are some of her special powers?please explain.
Answer: Her special powers relate entirely to love and sex. Some of these
are still mysterious. Mortals and deities are both subject to these powers.
Some mortals receive more of Aphrodite’s gifts with the result that they are
adorable and adored. Some think perfume, make-up and special clothes are the
secret. Some cannot do anything to improve their situation. Some even
contend that Aphrodite’s secret is just the mystery of sex.
Question: Who were Aphrodite’s handmaidens in the myth oof Cupid & Psyche?
Answer: Cupid and Psyche involved a Roman myth and not a Greek one.
But it was common practice for a goddess to use lesser goddesses for
handmaidens. Many goddesses had for their realm a resource such as a
stream, a spring, a meadow, a special tree, or a grove. These goddesses
were the nymphs that formed the train of the major goddesses.
Question: What role does Aphrodite play in Homer’s The Iliad?
Answer: Read the Iliad for this.
I am a student of grade 9, and I am working on a Greek mythology > summative assignment. I am to research one Greek mythological figure ( I > closed Aphrodite) and write abut how that figure would respond to the > following present-day situation. I must use at least two different > Internet or book resources in researching my mythological figure in > order > to determine how they might respond. > Could you tell me some your ideas or introduce some myths to me? > > It's first period in music class and everyone is laughing at Elliott. > Poor Elliott just passed a note to Martha telling her that he likes her > and she laughed at him. My figure (Aphrodite) happens to be on a > tour of the school and sees the entire event unfold. How dose she > respond? And why the figure responded in that manner?
Answer: Here is a web page for you to study:
Here are some comments:
The ancient Greeks did not believe that the statues that they made
of Aphrodite contained the goddess. Nor was Aphrodite restricted to
perceiving only those things that were presented to the statue.
Rather Aphrodite was all knowing, and knew of events in her realm without
being present. Furthermore when Elliot sent the love note he was
acting according to the rules that Aphrodite had set down. That he
was laughed at is not surprising as laughter is part of Aphrodite’s realm
of love and sex. Even though Elliot was humiliated Aphrodite would not
necessarily respond. The story does not indicate whether either
Elliot or Martha had found favor with Aphrodite. Favor might involve
one of them saying a prayer, pouring a libation, making a sacrifice, being kind,
or in some other way remembering the goddess. Perhaps Elliot deserved
what he got because he forgot the goddess. Martha might not really be
Martha but really be Aphrodite. Aphrodite attracted the attention of Elliot
merely to punish him. Now that he was punished she would return Martha
to her body and fly away.
But suppose Elliot had found favor with Aphrodite. She might make the
the music teacher choose Elliot as the band leader. Martha might then be
out of luck. Even worse Aphrodite might cause Martha to lose her
charm to other boys. And the class could be punished with a difficult
assignment. There are many other possibilities. The situation
seems to suggest you should make up your own story. But you need to
study about the powers of the goddesses so you can be accurate in this
Question: Can you give me examples of the real women who were influencial
to Greek art? The Aphrodite women who worshiped her and with there classical
beauty influence the temple art?
Answer: The best example of the type you mention is Phryne. She was the
hetaera who modeled for Praxiteles when he carved the Aphrodite of Cnidus.
Other hetaerae also probably modeled for other artists. Aspasia is another hetaera who was the subject of sculpture. Still other artists
may have used a wife or daughter. Helen is a more difficult problem. She
might have been real. The notion that she was the most beautiful woman in
the world is important. It was hard enough for Paris to judge who was the
most beautiful goddess, but only a goddess could know who was the most
beautiful woman. And after Aphrodite identified her later artists were made
to puzzle over what she must have looked like. The artist could not just
reproduce a woman of his acquaintance; he would have to idealize her. This
might mean that no one woman would serve as the model but that many women
would each contribute a small part. This same process of idealization would be used to produce statues of goddesses as well.
Question: Could you tell me who the consort to Ares/Mars was? Some of the
sources I have found said it was Eris. Other sources say it was Venus,
Rhea(mortal), Bellonna, Nerio, Aerope, and too many others to list. Is it
possible to narrow it down to just one? Could you also tell me who the female
variation of Ares/Mars is, if it is not the same as the answer to the previous
Answer: In the context of a man and a woman the word ‘consort’ implies a
marriage and a sexual union. Ares was not married to anyone especially as the
nature of war is rapine. Ares had sexual liasons with many, as you would expect
from his rapine nature. But Ares had a number of companions whose association
went beyond sexula relations. Enyo was the goddess of war and daughter of
Ares. She was also the mother by him of Enyalius, a personification of war.
Eris, the goddess of discord, was the sister of Ares and the mother, by him,
of Ponus (sorrow), Lethe (forgetfulness), Limus (hunger), Algea (pain), Ate
(error), Harcus (captivity).
Question: I am doing a art history paper on the similar
characteristics of Eve (Adam and Eve) and Venus( Aphrodite) and have
been unsuccessful on getting such information. I am concerned with
physical similarities but I want to focus on the repetition of the
apple being their symbol and that both lead to destruction of
something and the way both characters were able to seduce and
mislead their men to follow them.
Answer: This is a difficult comparison. Eve is a mortal and
Aphrodite is a goddess. A comparison between Eve and Pandora might
be more productive. It is believed that the story of Eve derives
from the story of a goddess, but the goddess was Astarte-Ashtoreth
rather than Aphrodite. The idea of Astarte did travel to Phoenicia
where it migrated to Crete. The story of Europa documents this
move. In Crete the Minoan culture seems to have separated Hera and
Aphrodite out from this one goddess. So it seems that the stories
of Eve and Aphrodite may have a common ancestor.
A website that discusses Eve and her relation to Astarte is
Astarte and Semiramis: Click here
About Astarte: Click here
Apple symbolism: Click here
Apple in the Eve myth: Click here
About apples: Click here
Peitho was the goddess of seduction and assisted Aphrodite. A
website about Peitho is at: Click here
The Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite concerns the story of Aphrodite and
Anchises, a young Trojan shepherd. Zeus caused Aphrodite to fall in
love with Anchises to teach her a lesson. Aphrodite had boasted that
she herself was above sexual entanglements with mortals. Lines 53-201
recount Aphrodite’s seduction of Anchises.
Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite
In the Iliad Aphrodite helps Hera with the seduction of Zeus by
lending Hera her girdle. A website on girdles is at: Click here
Question: I seem to be having trouble finding information on personality
traits of Aphrodite, her domain, if she has any special powers that might set
her aside from other gods and goddesses, and her overall affect on mortals/man.
If you have any information on these subjects I will be very thankfull.
Answer: As the goddess of love Aphrodite has the personality and traits of love. These
traits have not changed much since ancient Greece. Aphrodite operates the same
as other goddesses. See: Click here One significant difference is that she rules over gods and men and not just men as most goddesses do.
Question:I may be mistaken, but wasn’t Aphrodite the mother of Ero and his twin brother Himeros, not Iris? Iris was married to Zephyrus, but it was not long lasted enough to conceive a child. Ero and Himeros were born as infants as Aphrodite emerged from the sea in her birth, causing people to believe they were her sons, and in many stories it depicts Ero as Aphrodites son. Himeros is mentioned less often.
Answer:You are not really mistaken, but Eros is not an easy topic. There is a reference of Iris as parent of Eros but there is no certainty in this. However Aphrodite is not certainly the mother of Eros either. In the Theogony Hesiod first says Eros is cosmically self-born. Then he says that he was born with Aphrodite in the foam. Eros is more truthfully a companion of Aphrodite. The origin of Aphrodite is a mystery. The origin of Eros is a problem too. Eros is not in Homer. Only much later, then the father varies. One simple fact is that the nature of Eros can be seen to have changed over time and teven in Roman times, when his nature has changed is he styled as the child of Aphrodite, and hat his geneology changed as his nature changed. The extent of this change can be most evident in the early notions of Eros which style him as a male Aphrodite. It is possible that originally Eros and Aphrodite were consorts. But it is also possible that they came from different cultures. In the later case they possibly did not merge because they were different sexes. The names ‘Hera’ and ‘Eros’ may be related to the Indo-European ‘er-‘, ‘Earth’. This suggests that Eros may have an Indo-European background. But the Norse goddess Freyja, goddess of love, has a name close to the Indo-European ‘yegwa-‘, ‘Youthful power’, which bears a name relation to the goddess Hebe. The Indo-European word for love ‘leubh-‘ bears a relation to none of these. This suggests the Greek deities of love were not Indo-European. All this discussion does is make the origins of these deities more mysterious. Finally Eros evolves into a cupid. It is quite odd that even in historic times the notion of Eros has changed as much as it has. In fact it has been said that he aged in reverse. He started as an old man and ended as a baby.
Aphrodite in Ancient Greek Art