How Did Aphrodite Affect Greek Society?

As the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite affected Greek society by serving as the goddess who could bring about peace and harmony. In several Greek cities, she served as a civic protectress during times of war. Greek cities often had more than one shrine dedicated to Aphrodite with each shrine representing one aspect of her powers, such as fertility, marriage or civic order.

In addition to shrines devoted to her, Greek society worshiped Aphrodite with the Adonia festival to commemorate her mourning for the loss of Adonis. In Athens, only women attended the festival. They reenacted the sudden death of Adonis by planting quick-growing seedlings with a short life. In doing so, they emulated what Aphrodite experienced when she lost Adonis.