Aphrodite - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Religion

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Some Literary Evidence

The most ancient Greek texts present two traditions of Aphrodite's birth. According to Hesiod (Theogony 188–206), she was born from the severed genitals of the Sky god, Uranus, which were thrown to the Sea god, Pontos. Aphrodite is the first anthropomorphic goddess to emerge in the cosmogonic process after the first physical entities, such as Earth, Sky, Mountains, and so on. Eros (Love), whose presence at the world's very beginning promotes union and reproduction, submits to the goddess as soon as she appears. Hesiod explains the name Aphrodite by the marine and seminal foam (aphros) from which she grows, and he defines her divine power as the field of seduction and deception.

According to Homer, Aphrodite is the daughter of Zeus and Dione, and she is concerned with the "works of marriage" (Ilias 5, 429). From a cosmogonic point of view, the difference between Hesiod and Homer is...

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