Aphrodite was the goddess of love, desire and beauty. Apart from her natural beauty, she also had a magical girdle that compelled everyone to desire her.

There are two accounts of her birth. According to one, she was the daughter of Zeus and Dione. However, the other account, which is more prevalent, informs us that she arose from the sea on a giant scallop, after Cronus castrated Uranus and tossed his severed genitals into the sea. Aphrodite then walked to the shore of Cyprus.

Aphrodite was married to Hephaestus; however, she had an affair with her brother Ares, god of war. Her holy tree was the myrtle, while her holy birds were the dove, the swan, and the sparrow.

Aphrodite represented sex, affection, and the attraction that binds people together.

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