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Aphrodite (Venus) - Myrrha

Myrrha

Defendant accused of harassing Myrrha, daughter of Cinyras.  Complainants (Cinyras and Cenchreis) claim that Aphrodite cursed Myrrha with madness that made her fall in love with father.  Aphrodite was jealous of Myrrha's extraordinary beauty.  The maddened Myrrah was so overcome with lust that she tricked her father into sleeping with her and became pregnant by him. 

Case Status: Pending.  Cinyras was so enraged when he discovered he had slept with his daughter that he tried to kill her.  As she ran form her father, the gods took pity on Myrrha and transformed her into a myrrh tree.  Once transformed, she gave birth to Adonis.  

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