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Flashcards in LCT8: Aphrodite Deck (15)
1

How is Aphrodite born?

sprung from foam (aphros) around Ouranos' severed genitals

2

Who does Aphrodite marry?

Hephaistos

3

Characteristics

- goddess of beauty, love, sex, desire, and harmony
- often depicted as riding elegant birds
- artistic representations often emphasizes sensual/sexual aspects

4

Attendants of Aphrodite (2)

- The Graces
- The Erotes = winged attendants of Aphrodite (aka, Cupids)

5

Who does Aphrodite have power over? Who does she not?

Everyone (including Zeus) besides three goddesses -
- Athena (goddess of war and wisdom)
- Artemis
- Hestia (goddess of hearth fire)

**All virgin goddesses**

6

Tired of her boasting, what does Zeus do?

causes Aphrodite to lust for a mortal man

7

Who does Aphrodite lust for?

Anchises - a handsome, unsuspecting herdsman near Troy

8

Eos and Tithonos story

Eos falls in love with mortal Tithonos, begs Zeus to allow Tithonos to live forever, but forgets to ask for eternal youth. Tithonos is overcome by old age; Eos shuts him away in a chamber and stays away

9

What happens if Anchises reveals Aphrodites identity?

Zeus will blast him (ends up revealing her identity after getting drunk and blurts out secret to drinking buddies)

10

Who is king Theias' daughter?

Smyrna

11

Who is she in love with?

Her own father - tells her assistant Hippolyte's (rejected all other men beforehand)

12

What happens with Theias finds out he is sleeping with his daughter?

Smyrna prays to Zeus for deliverance --> Zeus changes her into a tree and Theias kills himself

13

What does Zeus do with Theias and Smyrna's child?

preserves it - allows him to grow in the tree and has a birth like normal from the tree

14

How is Adonis killed?

By wild boar while out hunting

15

The Rose and the anemone

Adonis blood = rose
Aphrodite's tears = anemone