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Greek Mythology – Aphrodite Essay

The word myth means story. People who believe myths are true, use them to understand life and death. Myths are religious – a way of exploring. Myths are believed by the Greeks. Origin is mythos. (Philip 8). Many mythologies tell how the creator came from a cosmic egg primordial ocean. Brahma who was the first Hindu god is said to have been born from a golden egg that floated on the first waters. (Philip 8). The goddess I am researching is Aphrodite. The Greek Goddess Aphrodite represents values important to the ancient Greeks and the qualities are still relevant today.

Aphrodite looks beautiful. She has curly and brown hair. (“Aphrodite” 1). Her symbols are the dove, the myrtle tree, the rose, the apple and sometimes the sparrow and the swan. (Petras 9). The weaknesses that Aphrodite and Helen of Troy argued about who is the most beautiful. (“Greek Mythology” 1). Aphrodite is goddess of love and beauty. Aphrodite was the daughter of Zeus and Dione. (Petras 1). Her enemy is Helen of Troy because they argued about who looks better. (“Greek Mythology” 1).

The myth of Aphrodite is she is the one who turned the statue Galatea into a living woman for Pygmalion and helped Hippomenes win the fair Atlanta. (Petras 8.) Another myth told of Aphrodite was that she was with heroes and she has gotten stuck in wounded by one of the arrows and she fell in love with someone called Adonis was killed by a boar one day and Zeus allowed him to come back to earth for 6 months in the underworld because she was so upset. (Ingpen 8). Although and there it is not a lesson learned from these myths these myths are still interesting to read about. Works Cited

Aphrodite. UXL Encyclopedia of World Mythology. Rebecca Parks. Vol. 1. Detroit: Gale Cengage Learning, 2009. Print.Ingpen, Robert and Molly Perham. Gods and Goddess. United States: Chelsea House Publishers, 1996. Print. Petras, Kathryn and Ross Petras. Mythology Tales and Legends of the Gods. New York: Workman Publishing, 1998. Print.

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