Aphrodite (Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World) by Monica Silveira Cyrino

By Monica Silveira Cyrino

Aphrodite explores the various myths and meanings of the Greek goddess of affection, intercourse and sweetness. the most greatly worshipped and well known deities in Greek antiquity, Aphrodite emerges from the imaginations of the traditional Greek writers and artists as a multifaceted, strong and charismatic determine. This quantity explores the significance of Aphrodite for the traditional Greeks, in addition to her enduring impression as a logo of good looks, adornment, love and sexuality in modern tradition. In a wide-ranging research of the universality of Aphrodite’s strength and importance, this quantity illuminates the varied tricky degrees of divinity embodied via the pleasing determine of Aphrodite.
Aphrodite deals new insights into the traditional texts and creative representations of the goddess, in addition to a complete survey of the present scholarship concerning the origins and interpretations of Aphrodite, while additionally highlighting her everlasting well known attraction throughout cultures and generations. A goddess of affection who's now not afraid to go into the battlefield; a goddess of physically adornment who's the 1st to seem completely nude; a goddess born of the ocean who emerges into the open sky: Aphrodite is a polyvalent deity, plural in nature, functionality and value.

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She went there, went inside, and shut the bright doors. And there the Graces bathed her and rubbed on her A holy oil that blooms on the undying – She kept this heavenly sweet perfume handy. Now dressed in every kind of gorgeous garment And gold-festooned, fun-loving Aphrodite Left fragrant Cyprus – straight to Troy she headed. 58–66, trans. Ruden, 2005) So the ancient poets were keenly aware of the status of Cyprus as Aphrodite’s favorite place, and her affinity for her sanctuary at Paphos is indisputable.

308). As the cheaters remain on display for the jeers and wisecracks of the assembled male gods, Hephaestus demands repayment of his dowry investment from Zeus, Aphrodite’s father. 317–20, trans. Lombardo, 2000) Like the two Iliad passages, the Odyssey episode clearly asserts Aphrodite’s place within the Olympian family structure as the daughter of Zeus. But the Odyssey passage makes her filial position even more emphatic by representing the goddess in the midst of a grim family drama, as the daughter of a paterfamilias who is now compelled to pay reparations to his son-in-law for her adulterous behavior.

That is, how did Aphrodite eventually become Hellenized? The proponents of the “orientalist” hypothesis explain that the Near Eastern love-goddess figure was originally transported by travelers and traders to the southern and eastern Greek islands of the Aegean, chiefly to Cyprus, where the Greeks most likely were first exposed to her cult. Then, at some point during the transmission, the goddess was given a typically Greek varnish which would serve to distinguish her from her Near Eastern predecessors or prototypes.

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