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Aphrodite (Venus)

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    Greeks call her Aphrodite, Romans call her Venus, but everybody calls her drop dead gorgeous. One of the most worshipped of Greek deities, Aphrodite is the goddess of love, beauty, and procreation. As you might guess, Aphrodite has a pretty wild love life. She provides Olympus with more scandal and trouble than it could ever want. She is often vain, selfish, vengeful, and untrustworthy. Still, though, both god and mortal can’t get enough of Aphrodite's unearthly beauty and irresistible sensual charms. There's no one quite like her.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Aphrodite

    Nickname

    Venus, Cytherea

    Sex

    Female

    Current city

    Mount Olympus

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    Goddess of Love, Sex, and Beauty

    Education

    The ocean taught me everything I know

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Me

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Ouranos (dad) and the ocean (mom)

    Children

    Eros, Pothos, Anteros, Himeros, Harmonia, Aeneas, and many more (Hey, don't judge. I'm the goddess of procreation, what do you expect?)

    Friends

    Eros (My son is my fave friend)
    Dionysus (He throws the best parties)

    Enemies

    The whole Greek army
    Psyche, my daughter-in-law

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Married to Hephaestus. But what he doesn't know won't hurt him. ;)
    It's complicated with Ares

    Interested in

    You

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    Gossip Girl
    What Not To Wear
    Keeping Up With The Kardashians
    Friday Night Lights (You're MINE, Tim Riggins)
    The Bachelorette
    Covert Affairs (I heart you, Auggie)
    90210

    Quotations

    "I wanna love you every day and every night"
    – Bob Marley

    "There's a fire starting in my heart" 
    – Adele

    "My persuasion can build a nation/ Endless power, the love we can devour/ You'll do anything for me" 
    – Beyoncé, "Run the World (Girls)"

    "Yeah my money's so tall that my Barbie's gotta climb it" 
    – Nicki Minaj

    Books

    Simply Irresistible: Unleash Your Inner Siren and Mesmerize Any Man, with Help from the Most Famous–and Infamous—Women in History by Ellen T. White
    Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence
    homage to my hips by Lucille Clifton
    Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
    How do I love thee? by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    Cosmopolitan Magazine
    Marie Claire Magazine
    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    The Shiver trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater
    The Fallen series by Lauren Kate

    Music

    Anything that makes me want to get my dance on ;)
    Beyoncé (she is a goddess)
    Anything by Madonna, especially Like a Prayer
    Justin Timberlake (sigh)
    Rihanna
    Robin Thicke
    Christina Aguilera (I heart Burlesque)
    Ciara

    Movies

    Moulin Rouge
    Burlesque
    Grease
    Bride and Prejudice
    Love Actually
    Cleopatra
    Troy
    Nine
    Romeo + Juliet
    Bring It On
    Dirty Dancing
    Mean Girls

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    POM Wonderful (I'm their spokesgirl.)
    Doves and swans
    Scallop shells
    Love letters
    Valentine's Day
    Chocolate-dipped strawberries
    Fun dates

    Interests

    Sex, love, and romance
    Beauty
    Parties

    Groups

    Gods of Olympus
    The Hottest Olympians
    Dear Lord, may Taylor Lautner never find his shirt again. Amen.

    • 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?