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Aphrodite is one of the twelve Olympian Deities of Greece; She is originally from the East, however, and probably has Her roots in the Great Goddess of the Near East, Whose other forms include Astarte, Inanna, and Ishtar.

To the Greeks She was their Goddess of love and beauty; She is also associated with the Sea. She is sometimes said to be the daughter of Zeus and Dione; but the usual myth is that She was born from the blood and foam on the surface of the Sea after Kronos was castrated and His generative organs thrown in the Sea.

In legend She is exacting and jealous, quick to reward or punish. Her power extends over all but three Goddesses, the avowed virgins Athena, Artemis, and Hestia. None of the Gods, of course, could resist Her power. She is responsible, so they say, for Zeus's numerous 'affairs.'

I have shown Her here with the Sea as backdrop, looking both seductive and calculating. That is probably a little unfair of me; a lot of Her cattiness is I think a reflection of the restrictions placed on women at the time.

At any rate Aphrodite was also considered representative of the great creative forces of nature; it was all said to be rooted in love.
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