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Aphrodite (Venus)

  • Spotter's Guide

    You'll know Aphrodite when you see her. She's not just super model hot. She's like super super model hot. Sometimes she goes by Venus or Cytherea, but no matter what alias she's using, her smokin' good looks give her away every time. Half the time, she even walks around totally naked, sooo... yeah, she kind of sticks out in a crowd. For real though – and listen to us when we tell you this – you do not want to date Aphrodite. She's pretty to look at, but she is T.R.O.U.B.L.E.

    Physical Description

    Sex: Female
    Age: 20s
    Build: Voluptuous
    Complexion: Pale
    Hair color: Strawberry blonde
    Facial hair: None
    Scars/marks/tattoos: None
    Jewelry and accessories: Necklaces and armbands occasionally, or a magical golden girdle
    Clothing: Nudist; she generally wears no clothing
    Armor: None
    Type of weapon: None

    Typical Companions

    • Eros (Cupid), her son
    • Ares, her lover
    • Adonis, her gorgeous young lover
    • Hephaestus, her husband
    • Attractive young men and women
    • Dolphins
    • Swans
    • Doves

    Other Notes

    Known hangouts: Aphrodite is known to spend time on the beach, or among lime and myrtle trees. Sometimes the goddess is found emerging from a scallop shell.

  • Sightings

    Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

    The Odyssey

    The story of Aphrodite's scandalous love affair with Ares is found in Homer's ancient Greek epic poem.

    Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

    The Iliad

    Aphrodite might only have a small side story in The Odyssey, but she plays a big role in Homer's Iliad. It's here that you'll find the story of Aphrodite helping Paris steal the beautiful Helen and start the Trojan War.

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    The Aeneid

    In the Roman poet Virgil's epic poem, Venus (a.k.a. Aphrodite) looks after her son Aeneas.

    Dec 20, 2019

    The Metamorphoses

    The Roman poet Ovid collected all kinds of wild stories about the gods in The Metamorphoses. Here you'll find myths about Venus, including the stories of her affair with Mars (Ares), her involvement with Atalanta, her love of Adonis, and much more.

    Dec 20, 1387

    The Canterbury Tales: The Knight's Tale

    Part of Chaucer's story takes place on Mount Olympus. Here we see Mars (Ares) and Venus (Aphrodite) bickering about which knight should win a joust and get the girl, Jupiter (Zeus) feeling totally fed up with the argument, and Saturn (Cronus) stepping in to save the day.

    Jan 1, 1970

    Venus and Adonis

    William Shakespeare didn't only write long plays and short sonnets, he also wrote a couple of long poems, including one about Venus and Adonis. Venus and Adonis, which is based off of Book 10 of Ovid's Metamorphoses, is actually the piece that launched Shakespeare's career.

    Jan 1, 1970

    "Venus"

    "Venus, if you will/ Please send a little girl for me to thrill/ A girl who wants my kisses and my arms/ A girl with all the charms of you…" In this old Frankie Avalon song, the singer begs Venus to help him out with his love life. Listen to the song here.

    Jan 1, 1970

    "Venus"

    "I'm your Venus, I'm your fire/ at your desire." Another song about the goddess of love, this time from Shocking Blue. Bananarama did a cover of it in 1986. Watch the deliciously '80s music video here.

    Dec 20, 2019

    Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series

    Percy Jackson has run-ins with all of the gods of Olympus, including Aphrodite. We don't meet her in the first book, The Lightning Thief, but we meet many of her mortal children (they fill a whole cabin at Camp Half-Blood). Her first appearance is in the third book, The Titan's Curse.

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    God of War and God of War III

    The Greek gods make it onto the PlayStation in the God of War video game trilogy. The mortal hero of the games, Kratos, butts heads with the gods of Olympus. In the end, Aphrodite is the only god who survives his wrath. Maybe it's because she seduces him in God of War III?