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        Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love, beauty and sexual rapture; she is
also the protectress of sailors. She is the daughter of Zeus and Dione. She was
born when Uranus was beaten by his son Cronus. Cronus threw into the ocean,
several of his children. They began to churn and foam in the ocean. From the
aphros “sea foam” she arose, hence the name Aphrodite, but her name in
Roman is Venus. The sea carried her to Cythera so she is usually referred to as
Cythera. After her birth, Zeus found out that she was very beautiful. He was
afraid that all of the men would fight for her hand in marriage so he set her up
with the smith god, Hephaestus. She loved his personality, but she was not
pleased being married to him because she was so pretty and he was extremely
ugly and dirty. He also was very hard working. Aphrodite had many mortal lovers.
Among them all, the most famous is Adonis and Eros (Cupid), love’s messenger.
Aphrodite is very pretty, but sometimes in causes her trouble, especially when
Eris throws an apple of discord into a wedding. Paris decides that he wants to
give the golden apple to the prettiest goddess. Aphrodite promises Paris, the
most beautiful women in the whole world. Aphrodite is very important to Greek
Mythology because with out her Greek Mythology wouldn’t be the same.




                  This is a painting by Sandro Botticelli entitled

“The Birth of Venus.” This is a painting of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and
beauty, being born from the sea. This painting was done in tempera paints and
was done on a 172.5 x 278.5 cm canvas. “The Birth of Venus” was painted in
the time period of 1485-1486. This painting was done from the Greek myth about
Aphrodite being born from the sea. And as you can see she is very beautiful and
there are flowers being thrown at her feet, this shows how people loved her from
the start, and the beauty of the flowers ties in with the beauty of her.
                    Venus de Milo by Alexandros of Antioch

       The Venus de Milo is made of Parian marble and is 2.02 m high (6 1/2 ft).
The Venus de Milo was found in two pieces in 1820 on the Aegean island of Milo
but now can be found at The Louvre in Paris. This sculpture of Aphrodite is very
beautiful in that it is a classical beauty. And although her arms were broken off
centuries ago she still maintains her timeless beauty. Aphrodite is on mystical
woman that can still hold her romance and beauty without her arms, as is
portrayed in the Venus de Milo. The Venus de Milo and The Birth of Venus,
although two types of art, one a tempera painting and the other a sculpture of
Parian marble are both very beautiful and alarming but classical and elegant at
the same time. They both also show off Aphrodite’s’ attributes. These two art
masterpieces are both angelic and bewitching as they are classy.
In present time the goddess, Aphrodite is mentioned a lot. One example that she
is used in today’s society is the woman’s razor, Venus. Gillette chose this name
because every woman wants to be beautiful and gorgeous like the goddess,
Aphrodite. Gillette is trying to show that if women use their razor, women will
become beautiful like the goddess. I definitely agree that this is the perfect name
for the razor.




Favorite Food- Aphrodite, the goddess of love’s favorite food is dove chocolate.
Aphrodite is the goddess of love and dove chocolate represents love by the heart
shaped candies they sell. We feel that dove chocolate would suit her best
because it is delicious and romantic. On many romantic holidays such as
Valentines Day, dove chocolate is given and Aphrodite is the goddess of love
and beauty. Dove often uses the quote “For every relationship, there’s dove.”
This quote reminds us of Aphrodite because for every relationship there is also
an Aphrodite.




Favorite Movie- Aphrodite, the goddess of love’s favorite movie is undoubtedly
The Notebook. The Notebook is a compelling love story of two love struck young
adults and their summer love. This is Aphrodite’s favorite movie because like her
the movie is rife with love and romance, and since she is the goddess of love,
romance, & beauty she was captivated by the enchantment of amore in this
movie. Hence is the reason The Notebook is Aphrodite’s favorite movie.
Profession to Pursue if I didn’t do what I do for a Living- If Aphrodite were a mere
mortal and had to work for a living, a profession that included beauty, grace, lust,
and romance would be the only job for her. That’s why Aphrodite would
unmistakably be a model. Aphrodite would be a model because it would be the
only job that represented all of the things she stood for as a goddess. And with
beauty like hers it would be a shame to see her do anything less. Also, is it not so
that a model should have beauty and grace and be a person that one should only
desire but does not get? That is why Aphrodite would pursue the profession of a
model.




Favorite Celebrity- Many people today envy the lives of those celebrities often
seen in magazines and on television. Also we sometimes ponder the thought of
becoming one of these high society figures or at least figure out which one we
are most like. In Aphrodite’s case she is most like the beautiful and captivating
Keira Knightly, who is romantic, beautiful, and charming like Aphrodite. Therefore
Aphrodite would be without question Keira Knightly in celebrity form.
Person of Thing to be Trapped with on a Desert Island- It is often asked whom
one would like to be trapped on a desert island with if only allowed one
companion. This is a question that takes a lot of thought and a lot of courage to
come up with the answer because one would not like to hurt another’s feelings or
make a wrong decision. But in Aphrodite’s case the one person she would have
been stranded with her would certainly be Ares, the god of war. The person to be
with Aphrodite on the island would be Ares because of their scandalous affair
and love for each other. And one should not be without their love.




Favorite Designer- Although, Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, has
many different stylish, designer stores so loves to shop at, Aphrodite’s favorite
designer for sure would have to be Chanel. We feel that Chanel would be the
most suitable for Aphrodite because it is very sophisticated. Many of the designs
made by the company remind us of how she acts; lovely, sophisticated, and chic.
Chanel reminds us of Aphrodite because of the light colors and simple, beautiful
looks. The company has very elegant style just like Aphrodite. Aphrodite would
look gorgeous in all of the gowns they sold and would look stylish in while holding
the purses and wearing the shoes.
Favorite Song- If Aphrodite lived in today’s society, I definitely believe that she
would favor the song, You’re Beautiful sung and written by James Blunt. I believe
that this song would definitely appeal to Aphrodite because she likes everything
that is pretty and gorgeous mainly because she is the goddess of beauty. In the
song it mentions that a beautiful woman caught his eye. Since Aphrodite is
stunning and she catches many people’s eyes. The reason that I believe
Aphrodite would favor this song is because she can relate to it, and she probably
can see herself as the woman James Blunt is talking about. Aphrodite also
relates to this song because James Blunt is singing about a girl that he wants,
but he knows that he could never get her because she was “with another man.”
This situation is similar to Aphrodite because she is married to Hephaestus, and
all the men want her, but they cannot have her.

                                  I saw an angel.
                                  Of that I'm sure.
                         She smiled at me on the subway.
                           She was with another man.
                         But I won't lose no sleep on that,
                               'Cause I've got a plan.

                         You're beautiful. You're beautiful.
                             You're beautiful, it's true.
                        I saw your face in a crowded place,
                           And I don't know what to do,
                           'Cause I'll never be with you.

                             Yeah, she caught my eye,
                               As we walked on by.

       This emphasizes the situation between Ares and Aphrodite.




The mall is defiantly Aphrodite’s favorite place to be in the world. Since she
spends so much time there, she has many favorite stores. We feel that BCBG is
the most proper store for her. Her favorite store would be BCBG because of all
the elegant dresses and beautiful colors. Everything in the store is beautiful just
like Aphrodite. Aphrodite liked dressing up and looking nice, she was always able
to look how she wanted when wearing a dress from BCBG. The dresses fit her
body perfect and she looked stunning in every single one. Her favorite dress from
BCBG was a long black one with a v-neck halter. BCBG always had a dress that
Aphrodite liked for any occasion and that is why she liked to shop there so much.




Junk Read- If Aphrodite was still living today I believe that she would read the
magazine, In Style. In this magazine it talks about style, beauty and fashion.
Aphrodite had élan and beauty so I imagine that she could strongly relate to this.
She probably would want to write for this magazine, because she already knows
all of the latest styles.




Favorite TV Show- Aphrodite probably would not be able to miss a single Sunday
Night if she lived in today’s society. Every Sunday night the very popular show,
Desperate Housewives. I think that Aphrodite would absolutely love this show
because in this TV series all of the women usually cheat on their husbands or
boyfriends in one way. Aphrodite is married to Hephaestus, but wishes she was
married to Ares. She was so desperate to be with Ares that one day when
Hephaestus was thought to be out cavorting she invited Ares to her bed. She
unknowingly climbed into a trap Made by Hephaestus and was caught red
handed. I think that Aphrodite’s favorite TV show would be a toss up between
either Desperate Housewives and Sex and the City because Aphrodite is the
goddess of beauty and sex. Also she has a lot of drama going on in her diurnal
life.

 Motto- Aphrodite’s motto to live by would be “don’t leave the one you love for
 the one you like.” This would be her motto since she cheated on Hephaestus
 for Ares. By cheating on him, she was leaving the man that she loved for the
 man that she liked. Even though Ares was much better looking than
 Hephaestus, Aphrodite still should have stayed with him since he treated her
 better than Ares. We feel that even though Aphrodite did not follow this motto,
 she would have been much better off if she did.