What Are Some Facts for Kids About Aphrodite?

Some facts about Aphrodite that are appropriate for children include that she was the Greek goddess of love and beauty. In one legend, she was born from the sea foam. Many paintings show her reclining or standing on a large scallop shell.

Other legends make her the daughter of Zeus, the king of the Greek gods, and Dione, a goddess and priestess at the oracle of Dodona. After her birth, Aphrodite was said to have walked to the island of Cythera. Other legends claim that she was born off the island of Cyprus.

Because Aphrodite was so beautiful, Zeus worried that the gods would fight each other for her hand in marriage. He therefore married her to the god Hephaestus, who was malformed and ugly, but of sturdy character. He was happy to be married to her, and since he was a smith, forged many beautiful pieces of jewelry for her.

Aphrodite was one of the instigators of the Trojan War. When the Trojan Prince Paris had to choose whether Aphrodite, Hera or Athena was the most beautiful of goddesses, Aphrodite bribed him by offering him Helen of Troy, the most beautiful mortal woman on earth. Paris then captured Helen and took her from Sparta to Troy. This began the Trojan War.