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Venus Anadyomene [link] ("Venus Rising From the Sea") was one of the iconic representations of Aphrodite.
For Plato Venus had two different aspects: she was an earthly goddess who aroused humans to physical love or she was a heavenly goddess who inspired intellectual love in them. Plato further argued that contemplation of physical beauty allowed the mind to better understand spiritual beauty. So, looking at Venus, the most beautiful of goddesses, might at first raise a physical response in viewers which then lifted their minds towards the Creator.
Venus was the mother of the troyan prince Aeneas. In Roman mythology Venus, whom Julius Caesar had adopted as his protectress, was the ancestor of the Roman people by way of its legendary founder Aeneas and his son Iulus.

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