CHAPTER 9: APHRODITE & EROS
roman name: VENUS
place: Cythera, Cyprus
APHRODITE URANIA - the aphrodite born from the foam after uranus
is castrated and his balls thrown in the ocean. this is the
ETHEREAL, PURE LOVE.
APHRODITE PANDEMOS - this one sprung from Zeus and Dione, and it
is the physical satisfaction goddess, profane love, Aphrodite of
All the People, or Common Aphrodite.
also called CYTHEREA, for her city.
goddess of beauty, love, and marriage.
worshipped universally in the ancient world, but differently in
ATTENDANTS OF APHRODITE
● GRACES (or CHARITES)
● HOURS (or SEASONS. horae)
THE PHALLIC PRIAPUS - Fertility God, son of Aphrodite with questionable fatherhood.
- depicted as deformed and bearing a huge and erect phallus
- found in gardens and at the doors of houses.
- part scarcrow, part bringer of luck, part guardian against
thieves, so he has something in common with Hermes.
- comic and obscene stories
a man named Pygmalion makes a statue of a woman he names
Galatea. he loves it so much and treats it like a real woman,
showering it with gifts and love. then, on a holiday for
aphrodite on her island, Crete, where he lives, he sacrfices to
her and asks her to make Galatea real. it happens.
they have a son named Paphos
Paphos has a son named Cinyras
Cinyras has a daughter named Myrrha
Myrrha falls in love with her own father.
her maid helps her seduce him
Cinyras finds out he's slept with her and chases her and she
prays for deliverance and is turned into a Myrrh tree.
the tree gives birth to ADONIS
APHRODITE & ADONIS
most famous of her myths
Adonis grows up to be the most handsome youth and keen hunter.
Aphrodite fell madly in love with him at first sight.
She warned him not to hunt anything that stood its ground.
He did and was gored to death in the crotch by a wild boar (Ares animal)
youth lost, taken in the flower of youth
aphrodite mingles nectar with his blood and out springs the
this is better illustrated in another story of adonis:
APHRODITE puts infant ADONIS in a box and gives him to
PERSEPHONE to keep safe