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(January 28, 2008 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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The Greek goddess of beauty and love, Aphrodite, is a romantic figure in mythology. She is arguably the most beautiful goddess on Olympus, but don’t let her looks fool you – Aphrodite is anything but peaches and cream.

Aphrodite’s Jealousy

Mythology tells different tales of the same events as many of the ancient stories were spoken in different parts of the world long before they were written down. But many of the stories of Aphrodite tell the same tale. She was beautiful, but she was jealous. In one instance, Aphrodite realized that a mortal girl, Pysche, was much too beautiful for her liking. So she told her son, Eros, to help Pysche fall in love with the ugliest man on Earth.Now Pysche had done nothing but peacefully live her life up to this point – she was simply too beautiful for Aphrodite to bear.

Eros went on his mother’s errand, but fell in love with Pysche instead. With the help of an oracle and the West Wind, he kept Pysche safe from his mother until one day Psyche realized who he was. He was angry and left and Pysche traveled the world looking for him. She realized Aphrodite might be the best bet to find her son, so she went to the goddess’ temple for help.

Three times Aphrodite gave Pysche tasks to complete that were completely impossible for a mortal. And three times Eros or another god helped Pysche which also saved her life. Finally Aphrodite gave up and let the two marry, but not before sending Psyche to man eating sheep, the underworld, and allowing a trick to almost overcome her. I wonder what she would have done if Pysche had actually deserved her hate.

Aphrodite’s Unfaithfulness

Aphrodite was easily the most beautiful of the goddesses on Mount Olympus, and all the gods wanted to be with her (married or not.) Aphrodite was amused and enjoyed shunning them (at least for awhile), so Zeus, king of the gods, grew angry when she denied him and gave her to Hephaestus, the crippled blacksmith to wed. Aphrodite was angry, but didn’t let her marriage stop her from doing whatever else she wanted. And apparently all she wanted to do was openly spend time with Ares the war god and later many others – without care to her husband’s feelings. Aphrodite had many, many children, but only a handful of those were with her children with her husband. You can do the math.

Aphrodite the Temptress

When a contest sprung up between some of the goddesses on Mount Olympus, a young man named Paris was asked to judge who was the fairest among them. Each goddess offered a bribe, but Aphrodite’s was the most enchanting to Paris. Aphrodite promised Paris the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen of Sparta. This would be all well and good, but Helen was already married to the most powerful man in the world.

Acting under Aphrodite’s instructions, Paris stole Helen from her husband and took her over the sea. This effectively began the longest and bloodiest way of Greek mythology – the Trojan War. The entire war was fought over a girl Aphrodite had no right to give away, but did anyway so that she could be crowned the most beautiful goddess. Ego anyone?

Aphrodite’s Anger

Like most of the gods, Aphrodite has an amazing temper. In one story, Aphrodite grows angry with a young man during some games. She causes his horses to go crazy and overturn his chariot. The young man is thrown to the ground. Then, because she can, Aphrodite has the mad horses kill and eat their owner. In another story, a group of women dare to compare their beauty to Aphrodite’s. In retaliation for such cheek, the goddess makes each of the women grow an impressive set of cow’s horns. Aphrodite may have been beautiful on the outside, but it’s very clear that sometimes beauty is only skin deep.


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k_davoust_2

37/Female
Dallas, TX
Posted On: April 19, 2008
Interesting article about Aporodite
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yoshie

20/Female
San Jose, CA
Posted On: February 5, 2008
i luvvvvvvvvv greek mythology in 6th grade it was my fav thing to learn out of the whole year my mom sayz wen i graduate 4rm high school we can go 2 greece!
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belladoggy

21/Female
Palatine, IL
Posted On: February 5, 2008
Artemis is the best! She is by far my favorite (My German name is Diana in honor of her).
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reebeth

93/Female
Stafford, VA
Posted On: February 3, 2008
Dadezgurl...you rock! Athena and Artemis are awesomer than all....yep....And Apollo and Hermes are my faveoriute gods. Why? I don't know, cause they're awesome?
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dadezgurl

21/Female
Antarctica
Posted On: February 1, 2008
geez she was awful. my favorite goddess is Athena or Artemis
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belladoggy

21/Female
Palatine, IL
Posted On: February 1, 2008
This article needs to check some of its facts. Not everything is right.
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whiteskyewarri

21/Female
Canada
Posted On: January 31, 2008
i love Aphrodite, she is my favorite goddess. I know she was evil, but she was also awesome!
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superhero_1

25/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: January 31, 2008
I Always Knew Aphrodite Was Evill

-Kayley,x
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superhero_1

25/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: January 31, 2008
So Cool! I Love This Article Very Intersting!

Lucky For Me I AM Doing An 3 Page 800 Word Essay About One Goddess And I Can Do It Bout Aphrodite Now!

-Kayley,x
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Izzy_zy_Rocker

20/Female
Netherlands, The
Posted On: January 31, 2008
^_^ I don't care how evil Aphrodite is, she's still my favorite Greek goddess.
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AttackOfTheTou

21/Female
New Zealand
Posted On: January 31, 2008
heh..

my mate accused her friend of being a hermaphrodite. He's like, "I'm Aphrodites?" No, lmao.

Great article!My fave Greek Goddess is definetly Eris, she's awesome.
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cornelia_weasl

23/Female
Erwin, TN
Posted On: January 30, 2008
dude waht a butthole. in truth, eris, goddess of discord/chaos, started the war. she wasn't invited to a party the gods were having so she put the golden apple there. it was inscribed, "To the fairest."

it was between hera (juno), aphrodite (venus), and athena (minerva). athena promised him wisdom, hera: great power, aphrodite:helen: who i might add was one kicka** girl if u read some of her stories. psst.... "Young Warriors: Stories of Strength". chech out the "Thunderbolt" story in there.

it was also Paris's fault cuz he was sp tempted.

i luv reading about Helen. she's the BOMB.COM.
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reebeth

93/Female
Stafford, VA
Posted On: January 30, 2008
AH, Aphrodite. Such an idiot. Hephetetus loved her(seriously. Go read Pandora's box. He modled Pandora after her.), and she cheats on him. She's like effin' Cristene from POTO!
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babytink199

106/Female
Japan
Posted On: January 30, 2008
Oh

That sounds like someone I know.

XD.

I ish 5th., WOot
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Blondie_30

23/Female
Canada
Posted On: January 30, 2008
cool
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