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Venus and Adonis Adonis

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Adonis was the biggest hottie ever – kind of like if Robert Pattinson and Brad Pitt had a baby. (We wonder if Angelina would adopt that kid.) Anyway, Adonis was such a hunk that even Venus (Aphrodite) goddess of love, just couldn't get enough. To this day, the name Adonis is synonymous with male beauty. If you ever hear somebody say, "Wow, he's an Adonis!" now you know what they're talking about.

The Phoenicians and other Middle Eastern cultures actually thought of Adonis as a full-blown god, unlike the Greeks and Romans who thought of him as a mortal. For more on the worship of the hunk of all hunks, click here.

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