- the ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty, identified by the Romans with Venus.
Examples from the Web for aphrodite
Cyprus is nicknamed the Isle of Love because it is the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite.What Bailout? Six Reasons to Love Cyprus
March 18, 2013
The exact spot where Aphrodite was born of foam is just off the coast of Kythira, and anyone can visit it.This Week’s Hot Reads: March 16, 2012
March 17, 2012
Aphrodite and the Gods of Love acknowledges her crucial role in the epic Trojan War with The Judgement of Paris.‘Aphrodite and the Gods of Love’: Museum Exhibit Gets Visitors in the Mood for Valentine's Day
February 12, 2012
Now, after a cultural tug-of-war and a lengthy trial in Rome, Aphrodite is finally going home to Sicily.Stolen Aphrodite Returns
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 11, 2010
Among the ancients, the goddess Venus or Aphrodite was the symbol of beauty and love.The Sexual Question
And there are other pleasures, those named of Aphrodite, of which the channels are well known.Hiero
Hathor was the daughter of these waters, as Aphrodite was sprung from the sea-foam.
There is no representation of Aphrodite coming in a shell from across the sea.
Thus clearly it has a place in the chequered history of Aphrodite.
- Greek myth the goddess of love and beauty, daughter of ZeusRoman counterpart: Venus Also called: Cytherea
Word Origin and History for aphrodite
Greek goddess of love and beauty; by the ancients, her name was derived from Greek aphros "foam," from the story of her birth, but perhaps it is ultimately from Phoenician Ashtaroth (Assyrian Ishtar). In 17c. English, pronounced to rhyme with night, right, etc.
The Greek and Roman goddess of love and beauty; the mother of Eros and Aeneas. In what may have been the first beauty contest, Paris awarded her the prize (the apple of discord), choosing her over Hera and Athena as the most beautiful goddess (see Judgment of Paris). She was thought to have been born out of the foam of the sea and is thus often pictured rising from the water, notably in The Birth of Venus, by Botticelli.