Life and Times of Aphrodite

She is the goddess of love and beauty and the great lover of the gods. Whom could we be talking about? It
could only be the great Aphrodite. The Romans would have called her Venus and in oriental origins they
might have called her Aphrodite Urania, queen of the heavens. Or maybe even Aphrodite Pandemos,
goddess of the people. However, in mythology, a name means nothing, it\'s the powers that backed her
name that made her powerful.
Many great legends surround this beautiful goddess. In fact, she appears in more legends then any other
god or goddess. This may be due to the fact that she had a relationship with most of the Gods that resided
up in Olympus. Unlike most other Gods/Goddess she was charged with only one job. To incite desire,
which she was extremely good at. In fact some might say that she was too good at her job. Her adventures
spanned the entire world, both material and eternal.
To start, let\'ss take a look at the offspring this busy little girl produced. Her first son, courted by the great
King the Gods, Zeus, was no other than Eros (or Cupid for all those Romans out there). Eros was the archer
of love, and was also involved in many other folklore. He was the one who helped Helen of Troy fall in
love with Paris, which indirectly started the deadly Trojan war. He was the one who also got the King of
Crete\'s wife to fall in love with a bull, which later produced the monstrous Minotaur. Eros was always
faithful to his mother, except once. When Eros accidently pricked himself with his own arrow he fell deep
into love and wed, despite his mother=s strong protests, to Psyche.
After Aphrodite was finished with Zeus, she then took an interest in Ares, God of War. They brought in
two children, Phobos, the God of Fear, and Harmonia, the mother of the Amazons. Still not satisfied she
went over to Dionysus, the God of Wine and bestower of ecstasy. With him, out came the misshapen little
child, Priapus. Her last fling was done with Hermes, the Messenger God. What came out was not quite so
good. Born into the world was Hermaphrodites, and a self-sufficient little monster is what they called him.
Not very nice for the Goddess of Love if you ask me.
Her birth is as interesting as her life. According to legend (one of many that is) his mother told Cronus to
kill Uranus, his father. Cronus was hid by his mother and waited for his father to arrive. When he passed by
Cronus grabbed his genitals and chopped them off (see what we learn about in these research projects? ).
As the dismembered organ plummeted to the sea below it hit with a crash. The sea bubbled and foamed
with a great heat. From these white-hot depths arose a figure more beautiful than any had ever seen before.
It was the gorgeous immortal Aphrodite, the child of lust and violence.
Many more legends tell about her death, some claim that is was Uranus=s body that fell to the earth. Upon
falling his fingertips touched the tips of the great seas and from there arose Aphrodite. Others tell her birth
in much less violent ways. It is also suggested that she arose from two gods or a maybe a god and a titan,
but nobody could be sure of her origins. This is all part of the mystery that surrounds the elusive mistress.
Aphrodite was busy in both her love life and her influence on the earth. For example, she had a strong love
for the city of Troy and she protected it to the best of her ability but alas, love and beauty were no match
for stone and steel and the city of Troy fell after a great war. Also, when Paris was chosen to decide who
would receive the golden apple they gave him three choices, Hera, Athene, and Aphrodite. Hera offered her
great powers and her protection. Athene offered him her infinite knowledge and understanding. However,
our little Aphrodite, she told him in a whispering voice that he could have the love of Helen of Troy. When
Helen ran of with Paris it