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Hesiod links the goddess closely with cythera and with cyprus so she is called both cytherea and. Another version over her birth gives her parents as zeus and dione, which is the feminine form of the name zeus. The aphrodite who sprang from uranus becomes for philosophy and religion, the celestial goddess of pure and spiritual love and the antithesis of aphrodite, daughter of zeus and dione, the goddess of physical attraction and procreation. The distinction between sacred and profane love is one of the most profound archetypes in the history of civilization. In general, she is the goddess of beauty, love and marriage. She possessed a magic girdle with irresistible powers of enticement. The graces (charites) and the hours or seasons (horae) are often associated with aphrodite as decorative and appropriate attendants. The graces, generally three are personifications of aspects of loveliness.

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