Aphrodite's siblings, including stepbrothers and stepsisters, are Ares, Athena, Apollo, Artemis Dionysus, Hebe, Hermes, Heracles, Helen of Troy, Hephaestus, Perseus, Minos and the Muses. These characters are all children of Zeus, the products of his many erotic escapades. Aphrodite's mother is Dione, according to Homer's "Iliad."
Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love, beauty, procreation and pleasure. The goddess Venus is her Roman equivalent.
An alternate story of Aphrodite's origin comes from Hesiod's "Theogony." In this work, Aphrodite rode from the sea foam after Cronus severed Uranus's genitals and threw them into the ocean. At times, therefore, Aphrodite's father is named as Uranus. Plato claimed that there were two different goddesses: Aphrodite Pandemos and Aphrodite Ourania.