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Aphrodite

[af-ruh-dahy-tee]
noun
  1. the ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty, identified by the Romans with Venus.
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Also called Anadyomene, Cypris, Cytherea.
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  • Among the ancients, the goddess Venus or Aphrodite was the symbol of beauty and love.

  • And there are other pleasures, those named of Aphrodite, of which the channels are well known.

    Hiero

    Xenophon

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for aphrodite

Aphrodite

noun
  1. 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 aphrodite

Aphrodite

n.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

aphrodite in Culture

Aphrodite

[(af-ruh-deye-tee)]

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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