7 Interesting Facts About Greek Goddess Aphrodite

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Greek mythology talks about various deities that assumed different roles. They include Zeus, Hades, Poseidon, Olympus, Hera, Dionysus, Demeter, Apollo, Athena, Aphrodite, Artemis, etc. These deities ruled a part of the world or were responsible for certain actions. 

They were held in reverence else they would punish wrongdoers. Aphrodite was among the twelve deities of Greek Mythology and was the goddess of love and desire. It is said she was gorgeous and therefore had various suitors. 

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She had several children with different men, indulged in incestuous relationships, like her siblings, and is often described as the Greek equivalent of Venus, a Roman goddess. Discover more about Aphrodite facts below in the article.

7 Interesting Facts About Greek Goddess Aphrodite
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There Is A Flower Named After Her

The Calycanthus Aphrodite is named after the Greek Goddess Aphrodite. This flower is sometimes called the sweet shrub and is greatly valued due to its fruity and sweet floral fragrance. This flower looks like the magnolia blossoms commonly seen during late spring and early summer times. 

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The beauty of this plant is that all its parts are fragrant. The seed pods, leaves and the bark are all fragrant, and it grows to an average of 150 to 240 cm tall.

Aphrodite Was Immortal, Just Like Other Greek Olympic Deity

Aphrodite’s main powers revolved around love and desire that allowed her to seduce anyone of her choosing easily. It is said she had a magical belt that gave the wearer abilities to make other people fall in love with them. 

Aphrodite had powers to make arguing couples fall in love again with each other and get attracted to each other again.

Aphrodite And Ares Were Once In A Relationship

The Greek myth between Aphrodite and Ares is considered an interesting one. Based on this myth, Ares fell in love with Aphrodite and planned to win her over, unlike his former partners. The two spent a great amount of time together until Aphrodite also fell in love with Ares, which resulted in the birth of Eros.

Aphrodite had other children after Eros with Ares until she moved to her next lover.

Film ‘Mighty Aphrodite’ Was Inspired By The Goddess Aphrodite

The film ‘mighty Aphrodite’ depicts the story of a man who is searching for his son’s biological mother. This film was received well and received numerous positive reviews. The story is inspired by the Pygmalion story that tells how he fell in love with a beautiful sculpture that was brought to life by Aphrodite. 

7 Interesting Facts About Greek Goddess Aphrodite
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Aphrodite’s Name Originated From Sea-Form

The Greeks linked Aphrodite’s name with the word Aphros that translates to ‘foam’.  This is also related to the story behind Aphrodite’s birth which says Aphrodite came from the foam which was from Uranus’ several genitals after he was thrown into the sea. 

This also explains why Aphrodite is linked with water creatures. Also, Aphrodite translates to ‘rise from foam’.

Aphrodite Is Equivalent To A Roman Goddess, Venus

Aphrodite is equivalent to Roman goddess, Venus because they share similar titles as the goddess of sex, beauty and fertility. The difference between the two goddesses is that Venus is also a goddess of victory. 

The two goddesses are known to have had both mortal and god lovers with whom they had children. Also, the two goddesses have been celebrated and worshipped with their festivals and temples dedicated to each one.

Aphrodite Had Many Children With Different Men

Aphrodite had 17 known children from 7 known men, according to mentions in ancient texts and literature. These children include Phobos, Eros, Peitho, Priapus, Aeneas, Three Graces, Hermaphroditus and others. 

She is the goddess of sexuality and love and hence was considered beautiful and sexually attractive. Due to her beauty, she was able to seduce numerous men to her pleasing.

Conclusion

Aphrodite was a Greek goddess of love and sensuality. She is said to have been wonderful and sexually attractive, traits she used to seduce men she wanted. She had numerous children with different men. 

She is also said to have involved herself in incestuous relationships like her siblings. Her name is associated with foam which is why she is believed to have emerged from foam that arose from Uranus’ genitals.

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