What is a physical description of Aphrodite?


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Aphrodite has strawberry blonde hair and fair, flawless skin. The Greek goddess appears to be in her 20s, and tall in stature with a voluptuous figure. Her soft, tender neck epitomizes feminine beauty and she often dons fine clothing and gold jewelry.

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The goddess of love, beauty and eternal youth, Aphrodite is exceptionally attractive, possessing "unearthly beauty," according to Homer, of which is "visibly unsurpassed" cites Apuleius in his work "The Golden Ass."

Other pieces of classical literature describe her skin as pale and dazzingly white. She has shining eyes with dark, curled lashes. She sometimes adorns her flowing tresses with a flower wreath. Her pierced ears are often ornamented with flowers worn as earrings.

In "Illiad 3," Homer describes Aphrodite's throat as round and sweet. It is often adorned with golden and jeweled necklaces bestowed upon her by the Horai, the goddesses of the seasons. The poet also describes Aphrodite's breasts as "pale and desirable."

Aphrodite often appears naked, but when clothed she wears fine garments dyed with flowers. She often wears a dark blue robe to symbolize her emergence from the ocean. Around her waist she exhibits a magical, golden girdle that perfumes the air with the scent of balsam and cinnamon.

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