Aphrodite

Goddess of Erotic Love and Beauty

 

Roman name: Venus

 

Parents: Born of sea foam after Kronos castrates his father Ouranos (the primoridial Sky divinity) and throws his testicles in the ocean.

 

Other family: Wife to Hephaestus and lover of Ares.  Many children, most famously Eros (or Cupid), the God of Love.

 

Epithets: Laughter-loving, Foam-born, Mother of Desire

 

Attributes: dove, scallop shell, hand mirror

Aphrodite with Eros, Palazzo Altemps, Rome

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