Aphrodite was the goddess of beauty and love. She was the most beautiful woman of gods and people. She was born from the foam of the sea, when Saturn cut his father’s Uranus genitals, and threw them into the sea. When she was appeared at Olympus, all the gods admired her and wanted her for their wife. Due to her beauty, the other gods were afraid that the competition between them in order to win her heart, would lead to a war. So, Zeus arranged her marriage with Hephaestus, who was not a threat, because of his ugliness.
However, goddess Aphrodite was not that faithful wife. She was often cheating on her husband (without him realizing it), and her most famous affair was with god Ares. One day though, Hephaestus trapped them, and all the gods saw their misfortune and were taunting them. Then, goddess Aphrodite, ashamed, left for Paphos.
Aphrodite’s symbols were the swan and the rose.
In the Trojan War, which she definitely triggered by helping Paris kidnap Helen of Troy, the goddess took the Trojan side.
Aphrodite of Milos
The sculpture of Aphrodite of Milos was found in the spring of 1820 in a rural area of Milos Island. The statue was found separated in more than 6 pieces and ended up one year later at the Louvre Museum, where it is exhibited till today. Museum of Milos is demonstrating a replica of it, which was donated by the Louvre. Aphrodite of Milos is considered to be an amazing work of Hellenistic art, which harmoniously combines female beauty and femininity. It is made by marble of Paros and has a height of 2.03 m. Its construction dates back to 150 – 50 BC probably from sculptor Alexander of Antioch. It was found mutilated and the goddess in her left hand held probably an apple or a mirror, or she held the Mars shield with both hands. What is probably true is that, parts of the hands were found in different places and that the left held an apple but was lost during transportation. Another theory supports that some pieces fell into the sea upon the fight that took place for the acquisition of the sculpture, and were lost forever.
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