Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love, sex, and beauty and there are many tales of how she could entice both gods and mortals to lust after her. In one of the most famous images of the goddess, we see her beautiful form emerge from the sea, a reference to her fascinating origin story. But the true origins of the goddess come from long before the Greeks.
A Brief Overview of Aphrodite
Aphrodite was part of the ancient Greek pantheon. Some of her famous symbols are a mirror, scallop shell, dove, girdle, and apple. Of course, this popular goddess had many other symbols associated with her and the icons relate to the myths and attributes of the goddess.
The ancient stories of the goddess tend to reflect her role in love between the gods, humans, and gods and humans. Sometimes she was an outside influence on others’ stories and many times she was a major player in the stories as well. But as was common with the Olympian deities, Aphrodite also had a darker side and revenge was one of her less attractive features.