What Did Aphrodite Do?

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Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and pleasure, is most famous for being chosen as the most beguiling of the goddesses by Paris. He awarded her a golden apple,which she later used to help Hippomenes win the race of Atalanta. As thanks to Paris, she awarded him the love of Helen of Troy, which ultimately led to the Trojan War.

Aphrodite is known for her beauty, and she is even more beautiful when she wears her gem-encrusted girdle, made for her by her husband, Hephaestus. Aphrodite’s birth is one of the more infamous of the Greek myths. She was said to have emerged from the foamy sea after the severed genitals of Ouranos were tossed into it. Because of Aphrodite’s extreme beauty, Zeus, the ruler of the Olympian gods, caused her to marry the least threatening of the gods. That did not stop her from having several affairs, however, or from falling in love with Adonis, her male counterpart. Adonis was killed by a wild boar but was permitted by Zeus to spend four months of each year with Aphrodite as long as he also spent four months of each year in the underworld with Persephone. Several Greek islands, including Cypress and Milos, are associated with Aphrodite and still hold festivals in her honor.