Aphrodite and Single Goddess Aphrodite Essay

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Aphrodite Between the world that have come from long before and the night that turned into day. We long to understand where we once come from. Manmade stories that were passed down to our generation. The myths were passed on to our children. And now they’re great legends. We come from great men and women that took their life for us. Because of her beauty, other gods feared that their rivalry over her would interrupt the peace among them and lead to war, so Zeus married her to Hephaestus, who, because of his ugliness and deformity, was not seen as a threat. Aphrodite had many lovers yet both gods, such as Ares, and men, . She played a role in the Eros and Psyche legend, and later was both Adonis's lover and his surrogate mother. Many lesser was said to be children of Aphrodite. Aphrodite is also known as Cythera and Cyprus, after the two cult sites, Cythera and Cyprus, which claimed to be her place of birth. Myrtle, doves, sparrows, horses, and swans were said to be sacred to her. The ancient Greeks identified her with the Ancient Egyptian goddess. Aphrodite had many other names, such as Acidalias, Cythera and each used by a different local cult of the goddess in Greece. The Greeks recognized all of these names as referring to the single goddess Aphrodite, despite the slight differences in what these local cults believed the goddess demanded of them. Aphrodite is usually said to have been born near the island of Cyprus, which is why she is sometimes called "Cyprian", especially in the poetic works of Sappho. However, other versions of her myth have her born near the island Cythera. In the most famous version of her myth, her birth was the consequence of a castration: Cronus severed Uranus' genitals and threw them behind him into the sea. By the late 5th century , Certain philosophers had begun to draw a distinction between two separate "Aphrodite’s" (as opposed to a single Aphrodite whose characteristics varied slightly in different local cults of the goddess) the celestial Aphrodite, born from the sea foam after Cronus castrated Uranus, and Aphrodite , the common Aphrodite "of all the folk", born from the union of Zeus and Dione , their Christian interpreters, Aphrodite is…