At first Aphrodite was an Asian Fertility Goddess. She was the goddess of all nature (plants, animals, humans). Aphrodite later became the goddess of all kinds of love. Aphrodite Urania was the goddess of ideal love, Aphrodite Benetrix protected marriage, and Aphrodite Porne was the goddess of lust. Aphroditeâ€™s Roman name is Venus.
Aphrodite's beauty is very feminine and lovely unlike the other Olympian goddesses whoâ€™s beauty is very dignified. Aphroditeâ€™s attendants are called â€œthe Gracesâ€. The Graces dance with her, bath her, and make her cloths.
The story of Aphroditeâ€™s birth goes like this...Aphrodite was born when Uranus (who was the father of the gods) was castrated by Cronus, his son. Cronus then through the genitals into the ocean which then began to foam. Then out of the sea foam came Aphrodite. The ocean carried her to either Cyprus or Cythera. Aphroditeâ€™s name means foam born.
After Aphrodite was born Zeus was afraid that the gods would fight over her hand in marriage. To avoid this Zeus married Aphrodite off to Hephaestus (the smith god). Hephaestus could hardly believe his good luck and used all his skills to make her the most beautiful jewels. He made a girdle for her made with gold and spun magic into it. This was a mistake on Hephaestusâ€™s part, for when Aphrodite whore the magic girdle it made her even more irresistible then she already was. She loved all the attention and the glamour and was not at all happy with being the wife of hard working Hephaestus.
Aphrodite loved and was loved by many of the gods and mortals. Among all of her Roman lovers the most famous was probably Adonis. Some of her sons were Eros, Anteros, Hymenaios, and Aeneas, She had these four boys with her Trojan lover Anchises. The adventures of Aphrodite and her children caused as much misery and bloodshed as any of the gods (except Ares and Athene).