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Budding Aphrodite: Into the Future

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This chapter reevaluates the appraisal of Aphrodite as the goddess of overarching beauty in all its variants: not only love, sex, fertility, and abundance, but also work, war, craft, politics, and many others. It is not necessarily appropriate to reject traditional views of the goddess, but to read around them and then delve into aspects of her personality that are less well evidenced and understood. Hesiod tells us she was born from the foam of the sea as it bubbled around Ouranos' genitals, severed by Kronos in the great battle of the Titans. She reached land at Cyprus, her traditional home, where she was greeted by Eros and Himeros, according to Hesiod, or the Graces. Aphrodite does not limit herself to temples. Even at her infamous sanctuary on Knidos, she may not have had her own temple until perhaps the second century BC.

Keywords: Aphrodite; Cyprus; Eros; Hesiod; Himeros; Titans



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