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Aphrodite (Venus) - The Beauty Queens

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The Beauty Queens

You'll find Aphrodite sunbathing in a bikini on the lunch yard picnic tables. She's not alone, though. Nearly every culture seems to need a love goddess.

Venus (Roman)

When the Romans took over, Aphrodite came to be known as Venus.  They named her after a sizzling planet!  In Roman mythology, Venus is still the super popular goddess of love, sex, and beauty.  Everyone wants to get on her good side.

Astarte (Phoenician)

Astarte was the Phoenician goddess of fertility. She came to earth as a falling star, and she ruled the souls of the dead which appeared as stars in the night sky. Read more about Astarte here.

Freya (Norse)

Freyja is the Norse goddess of sex and beauty.  She's smokin' hot, and everyone wants to get with her.  Read all about her on Shmoop.

Ishtar (Babylonian)

Ishtar was the Babylonian goddess of war and sex. She also ruled the underworld and was not a nice lady. Read more about Ishtar here.

Innana (Sumerian)

Innana is the goddess of love, sex, and war in ancient Mesopotamia. Get more details on Innana here.

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