the ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty, identified by the Romans with Venus.

Also called Anadyomene, Cypris, Cytherea.
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Historical Examples of anadyomene

  • She had come up from her morning dip in the sea, all tingling with love like Anadyomene.

    Shadows of Flames

    Amelie Rives

  • Not all the gold of Pactolus, not all the beauty of Anadyomene, not all the wisdom of Minerva, could make such women ladies!

  • But the soul of Thalia is under her bodice, into a neater than which, Anadyomene could not have laced herself.

  • Its sigh is the spirit that moves over the ocean, and arouses the Anadyomene into life.

  • And they were the real sacred pearls born of the water-drops which had rolled into the shell of Anadyomene.

    Ancient Manners

    Pierre Louys

British Dictionary definitions for anadyomene



Greek myth the goddess of love and beauty, daughter of ZeusRoman counterpart: Venus Also called: Cytherea
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Word Origin and History for anadyomene



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

anadyomene in Culture


[Roman name Venus]


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.

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