Aphrodite Picture

Aphrodite (Venus was her Roman name) was the Greek goddess of love, beauty, and sexual rapture. She took part in one of the original "Beauty and the Beast" scenarios in which she was married off to Hephaestus, god of fire. Hephaestus wasn't exactly Prince Charming, appearance-wise (in fact, he was born lame and deformed to Hera, and she promptly cast him out of the heavens because she was one superficial mama) but he loved Aphrodite to death and eventually she fell in love with him. He, being the god of craftsmanship and the like, bestowed her with gifts fit for a goddess, if you will excuse the pun. She was obviously overjoyed.

Although she couldn't have been too enraptured with him, because one day, Hephaestus walked in on his lovely little wife while she was in bed with Ares, the god of war. Ares was cruel, crude and cranky, but apparently he was in killer shape from fighting all of those battles, so Aphrodite decided to go for it.

She also had a son, Cupid. You may know him as that guy with the wings, bow, and arrow that's pretty much the mascot for Valentine's Day. I'll bet Cupid wasn't too thrilled that Mommy was sleeping around, but then again, Cupid himself had his fair share of...um...naughty times.

Aphrodite was (and is) a popular muse for artists. Here are some other famous works of the goddess:
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