Aphrodite: The Goddess Of Festility, Love, And Beauty

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Aphrodite was the goddess of fertility, love, and beauty. Unlike other gods and goddesses; Aphrodite has two completely different stories of origin that end with her in the same place, Mount Olympus. The first is that she was the daughter of one of Zeus's many affairs with women, but in this case it was with Dione who was the goddess of the oak tree. The second and most famous story is that when Cronus had slain his father Uranus and threw his male genitalia into the sea, it dissolved into seafoam in which Aphrodite had arisen. She rose naked from a scallop shell where the wind pushed her to the island of Cythera. Cythera was a very dull island with only sand and rock, but as the goddess of beauty laid foot on the island, it started to bloom,…show more content…
Apollo was the god of many things; of which include: poetry, music, art, oracles, archery, plague, medicine, sun, light and knowledge. Artemis, on the other hand, was the goddess of the hunt, forest, moon, archery, forests, and hills. While Leto was in labor she could not push out Apollo because she had became very weak while running and hiding from Hera who had banned her from giving birth anywhere light touched. As an infant, Artemis helped her mother push until Apollo was born. As the twins grew, Zeus favored them more and more for their extraordinary talents. Apollo was gifted and became the god of the sun, archery, oracles, plague, medicine, art, poetry, music, light and knowledge. Artemis; on the other hand, ruled over less but was gifted of being one of the three virgin goddesses. Artemis was the goddess of the hunt, archery, forests, hills, and the moon. Both throughout are known to be in some form; good, but like all gods and goddesses of Greek mythology, they too had a bad side. Apollo had been like his father and fell in love with many women which resulted in many children. Apollo had one lover who had crossed him and as she was pregnant with Apollo’s son, went back to her old lover. He could not bring himself to kill the mother of his unborn child so he had his sister Artemis do it for him, and that's exactly what she did. Artemis shot her with her bow and arrow. After Apollo had delivered the baby,…show more content…
Hermes was also the god of trade, sports, athletes, thieves, travelers, border crossings, and guide to the Underworld. Zeus had gifted his dear son with lightness and the ability to fly by placing wings on his feet and helmet. With his many duties and abilities, he was placed in quite a few stories. The first was when he was born; he had trailed off and found Apollo’s cattle, and being only an infant he stole all of them. Apollo had found his cattle missing but a little birdy pointed in Hermes way; of course, Apollo was furious but Hermes paid him in return with a beautiful Lyre. Another myth that Hermes played a role in was when Hades stole Persephone from Demeter; Hermes had been called upon by Zeus to retrieve Persephone from Hades and due to the curse put upon Persephone by Hades, Hermes had to keep delivering Persephone from Hades back to Demeter. Hermes was also a caretaker of several of Zeus’s children so they would be kept safe, of those children being Dionysus who was also the last Olympian

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