Aphrodite is the goddess of beauty, love, and sexuality. She is sometimes known as the Cyprian because there was a sacred cult center of Aphrodite on the island of Cyprus. Aphrodite is the mother of the god of love, Eros (familiar name as Cupid). She is the wife of the ugliest of the gods, Hephaestus. Unlike the powerful virginal goddesses, Athena and Artemis, or the faithful goddess of marriage, Hera, she has love affairs with gods and mortals. Aphrodite’s birth story makes her relation to the other gods and goddesses of Mt. Olympus ambiguous.
Family of Origin
Hesiod says Aphrodite arose from the foam that gathered around the genitals of Uranus. They just happened to be floating in the sea — after his son Cronus castrated his father. The poet known as Homer calls Aphrodite the daughter of Zeus and Dione. She is also described as the daughter of Oceanus and Tethys (Titans). If Aphrodite is the cast-offspring of Uranus, she is of the same generation as Zeus’ parents. If she is the daughter of the Titans, she is Zeus’ cousin.
Aphrodite was called Venus by the Romans — as in the famous Venus de Milo statue. Attributes And Associations Mirror, of course — she is the goddess of beauty. Also, the apple, which has lots of associations with love or beauty (as in Sleeping Beauty) and especially the golden apple. Aphrodite is associated with a magic girdle (belt), the dove, myrrh and myrtle, the dolphin, and more. In the famous Botticelli painting, Aphrodite is seen rising from a clamshell.