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By Monica Silveira Cyrino

Aphrodite explores the numerous myths and meanings of the Greek goddess of affection, intercourse and wonder. probably the most extensively worshipped and renowned deities in Greek antiquity, Aphrodite emerges from the imaginations of the traditional Greek writers and artists as a multifaceted, robust and charismatic determine. This quantity explores the significance of Aphrodite for the traditional Greeks, in addition to her enduring impression as a logo of attractiveness, adornment, love and sexuality in modern tradition. In a wide-ranging research of the universality of Aphrodite’s energy and importance, this quantity illuminates the varied complex degrees of divinity embodied via the captivating determine of Aphrodite.
Aphrodite deals new insights into the traditional texts and creative representations of the goddess, in addition to a complete survey of the present scholarship concerning the origins and interpretations of Aphrodite, while additionally highlighting her everlasting renowned charm throughout cultures and generations. A goddess of affection who's no longer afraid to go into the battlefield; a goddess of physically adornment who's the 1st to seem completely nude; a goddess born of the ocean who emerges into the open sky: Aphrodite is a polyvalent deity, plural in nature, functionality and importance.

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1–5, trans. Ruden, 2005) But the key element of the Indo-European argument is based on Aphrodite’s close kinship in the ancient texts to the Greek sky god, whether her paternity is derived from Ouranos, the primordial element BIRTH, ORIGINS, NAMES 25 of the sky, as in Hesiod’s birth story, or from Zeus, the Olympian sky god, as in the Homeric epics: both sky gods are attested as Aphrodite’s “fathers” in the principal Greek versions of her birth myths. 1), and she is frequently called the daughter of the Indic sky father Dyáus Pitar.

Lombardo, 1993) Where there is Aphrodite, then, there is mixis. The Greek writers portray the goddess as the divine source and inspiration for this erotic mingling, LOVE, SEX, WAR 35 the ardent drive to couple together with another, and almost all living things are subject to the irresistible impulse aroused by this powerful deity. But how can such mixis be achieved? Sure enough, the goddess Aphrodite also holds sway over the realm of allure and seduction, that is, how to find, consummate and enjoy sexual blending to the fullest degree.

The name “Aphrodite” first occurs in Greece in the narrative poems of Homer and Hesiod, which were composed in the late eighth or early seventh century bc. Aphrodite is also named on the socalled “Nestor Cup” from Pithekoussai, a Greek colony or emporion (trading post) founded by Euboeans in the early eighth century bc on the island of Ischia off the western coast of Italy. A kotyle¯, or clay drinking cup, the “Nestor Cup” was discovered in 1954 during excavations of a grave containing objects dating to ca.

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