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Aphrodite: Birth (03:52)


Aphrodite rose from the sea foam; her grace and beauty enchanting people and igniting sexuality. Cronus cut off Uranus' genitals and threw them in the ocean. Blood and sperm mingled with the foam, giving birth to Aphrodite.

Aphrodite: Goddess of Love and Beauty (02:16)

Zephyrus carries Aphrodite on a shell to the shores of Pathos, leaving her in the care of the Hours. Aphrodite meets the gods and Zeus presents Hephaestus as a suitor. Aphrodite births four children, none of whom belong to Hephaestus.

Aphrodite: Secret Affair (04:04)

Aphrodite chooses Ares as a lover the day after she marries Hephaestus. Helios finds the two in bed together and tells Hephaestus. Hephaestus forges a hunting net and sets a trap for Aphrodite.

Aphrodite: Punished for Adultery (02:55)

Hephaestus invites the gods and goddesses to witness Ares and Aphrodite in the net. Hephaestus releases the lovers on the condition of exile. Aphrodite has sex with Hermes before returning to Cyprus; she "sews seeds of infidelity" on Mount Olympus.

Aphrodite: Aphrodite's Revenge (02:50)

Aphrodite punishes Princess Myrrha for not venerating her. Myrrha flees from the king, asking Zeus for help; he turns her into a tree. Nine months later the tree splits in two and Adonis is born.

Aphrodite: Adonis (03:21)

Aphrodite vows Adonis will be her lover when he comes of age and decides to hide him with Persephone. Persephone is enamored of Adonis and decides to keep him for herself; Zeus settles the dispute. Aphrodite tricks Persephone and Persephone seeks revenge.

Aphrodite: Jealousy (02:44)

Ares in the shape of a boar charges Adonis and kills him. Eris interrupts a banquet on Mount Olympus and hurls a golden apple onto the table with an inscription "to the fairest." Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite reach for the apple.

Aphrodite: Who is the Fairest? (03:10)

Zeus chooses Paris to decide which goddess should be declared the goddess of beauty. Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite attempt to bribe him; Paris chooses Aphrodite. Aphrodite helps Paris win Helen's love and sparks the Trojan War.

Credits: Aphrodite, Dictated By Desire—The Great Greek Myths (00:29)

Credits: Aphrodite, Dictated By Desire—The Great Greek Myths

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Kronos revolted against his father Uranus. He severed his father’s genitals, and threw them into the sea, where they mingled with the foam and gave birth to Aphrodite. Aphrodite was born from this highly unusual union. She inspired romantic love and physical attraction in equal measure. Aphrodite was a magnificent goddess. Zeus married her to Hephaestus, the lame god. But Aphrodite soon chose a lover - the god of war, Ares. Nobody could resist the goddess Aphrodite, who was the object of much jealousy on Olympus. One day, Eris, the goddess of discord, threw an apple between Athena, Aphrodite and Hera. On it was written “To the most beautiful.” The task of choosing between the three goddesses was entrusted to a young shepherd, Paris. His decision led to a war that lasted for ten years: the infamous Trojan War.

Length: 27 minutes

Item#: BVL120476

ISBN: 978-1-63521-565-6

Copyright date: ©2015

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