Aphrodite was the goddess of beauty, love and fertility. She was indeed the most beautiful woman among mortals and goddesses. She belonged to the twelve gods of mountain Olympus, where she lived too. The poets praised her as Venus “Anadyomene”, because she emerged from the sea, being shiny, virgin and naked. She was the wife of Hephaestus and the mistress of Ares. Her children with Ares were Deimos, Fear and Harmony. She also had a child, Priam, with god Dionysus and a child, Hermaphroditus, with god Hermes.
A myth considers Aphrodite to be the daughter of Zeus and Dione. According to a myth, she was believed to be born out of Uranus’ semen, when it fell into the sea. On a huge shell, the wind dragged her to the island of Kythira, where she stepped foot on solid ground for the first time. From Kythira she went to Cyprus and a magnificent sanctuary was dedicated to her. The Hours welcomed her at the coasts of Cyprus. They adorned her head with a tiara and guided her to mountain Olympus.