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Aphrodite or Venus: the goddess of love
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In Greek mythology Aphrodite was the beautiful and voluptuous goddess of love. She was known to the Romans as Venus. Aphrodite is variously described as being the daughter of Zeus and Dion and as having been born from the foam of the sea. She had many lovers, among them Adonis and the war-go Ares, but she was the wife of smith-god Hephaestus. She was the mother of Eros.

Aphrodite plays a major role in the so-called Judgment of Paris, in which the young Trojan prince asked to choose the fairest of the goddesses. He selected Aphrodite, who rewarded him by helping abduct Helen of Troy, provoking the Trojan War. As the war neared its end, Aphrodite managed to rescue Paris from the grasp of Menelaus. She also did what she could to assist the escape of her son Aeneas, whose father Anchises had been another of her lovers.

The myrtle was Aphrodite’s sacred tree, and the dove her sacred bird. Among the most famous representations of Aphrodite are the statue known as the Aphrodite of Melos or Venus de Milo, and Botticelli’s painting The Birth of Venus.

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