Meet Aphrodite, the greek goddess of beauty and love
Read the story of the ill-fated love affair of Adonis and Aphrodite as told by the Roman poet but his rash courage would not heed the advice. The myth of Aphrodite and Adonis is a popular Greek myth, the myth of Adonis ignored her advice and was killed while hunting by a wild boar, that was. What makes for a good story? Love, adventure, and tragedy make a story exciting . The story of Venus and Adonis is one such tale. Here's how it goes: Venus.THE LEGEND OF APHRODITE AND ADONIS-PERIFERIAKO GYMNASIO PERA CHORIOU-NISOU, CYPRUS
When Adonis dies, Aphrodite hears his cries and hastens to his side in her swan-drawn chariot. She curses the Fates and Ares that has ordained his death. With Adonis still in her arms, Aphrodite turns the blood drops falling from his wounds onto the soil into windflowers the short-lived anemone as a memorial to their love. Anemones sprung from the blood of Adonis and his spirit returned to the underworld. In response to the tearful goddess, Zeus determined that Adonis should stay there just for half of the year.
The death and resurrection of Adonis in Greek Mythology According to scholars, the death and resurrection of Adonis represents the decay and revival of the plant year.
Aphrodite, the goddess who emerged from the sea foam
He was worshipped as a corn god, a god of grain crops, which were very important to the ancient inhabitants of Greece and other Mediterranean lands. In this version, Orpheus tells us how he laments the trees and wild animals after the loss of Eurydice. Aphrodite Venus for the Romans is desperately attracted to the young Adonis who, being more interested in the art of hunting, does not show any form of affection.
She tries in vain to persuade Adonis to love her. However, Adonis prefers to go hunting, and he dies after being badly injured by a boar. The young virgin was finally outwitted by young Melanippus or Melanionwho was assisted by Aphrodite. What the goddess did was to give Melanippus, before the race, several of the apples of Hesperides. During the race, the young man would drop one of the apples, whenever Atalante was drawing nearer to him. The young girl would stop to pick the apple, thus letting her opponent to gain ground.
After employing his trick several times, Melanippus finally managed to win the race and, at the same time, the heart of Atalante. This happy turn of events finally led to the marriage of the two youths. One example of Aphrodite helping mortals to overcome their grief over an unsuccessful relationship, is manifested in the story of Selemnus, a young shepherd who fell in love with the nymph Argyra.
When the man lost his looks because of ageing, his object of affection deserted him. As a result, the poor man died of his grief. The goddess of love, deeply moved from his love, turned the man into a river. Yet, even after his transformation, Selemnus remained grief stricken. So, the goddess came to his aid a second time and gave him the ability to erase from his memory the pain over his lost love.
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Based on this myth, ancient Greeks worshipped the river Selemnus and turned to him, whenever they wanted assistance to overcome their own grief about a love gone bad. Pausanias writes that the Assyrians were the first to worship Ourania. Her cult was later spread to Paphos in Cyprus and then to Cythera.
There is evidence that the goddess was known by many epithets: According to Cypriot tradition, the followers of the goddess would prove their devotion by laying with strangers; a fact attested by the historian Strabo, who records the existence of over a thousand hetaire, or courtesans, at her sanctuary at Acrocorinth. In addition, her most important sanctuaries have been found in Paphos, Idalios and Amathounta all ancient cities of Cyprus.
In the Mediterranean, important sanctuaries dedicated to the goddess have been found in Cnidus, Halicarnassus, Ephesus and Abidus. The cult of Aphrodite was especially widespread on the islands of Cos and Rhodes, while on Delos it was believed that a xoano, or wooden idol, of the goddess had been brought to the island by the hero Theseus.
Her myth of being born from the sea foam, naturally associated the goddess with the sea.
Adonis and Aphrodite
Thus, a lot of temples dedicated to her, are located either along the coasts, or in harbors or capes. Examples are the temples at Aegeio, Patra, Cnidos, Attica etc. According to Homer, Aphrodite gave this belt to Hera, so that she could charm Zeus. In ancient depictions, she is also shown to be wearing a wreath, which is also considered to be one of her symbols.
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Objects of beauty such as the perfumed clothing she was wearing when she stood before Paris in the famous beauty contest, as well as her sparkling jewellery, are typical accessories of the magnificent goddess as well.
Plants sacred to the goddess are the rose, myrtle, anemone, pomegranate, polly and apple. Angered, Aphrodite took his sanity and made him confuse his daughter with his wife. She carried her infant from one place to another until exhausted, dying and turned into the myrrh tree.
Aphrodite then felt pity for the girl and took the baby under her patronage. The two goddesses had a big argument and had to take each other to Zeus.
Zeus decided that Adonis would spend half a year with Aphrodite spring and summer and half a year with Persephone autumn and winter. She was passionately in love with the beautiful boy that she forgot everything else including herself. Adonis loved hunting and often went to the jungle for his hobby.
No one else in the whole legend had such a power on the Goddess of Love and Beauty as Adonis did. She — the one who created enormous suffering for whomever she wanted to — now also understood what she made others going through.