By Monica S. Cyrino

© 2008 – Routledge

158 pages

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About the Book

Aphrodite explores the many myths and meanings of the Greek goddess of love, sex and beauty. One of the most widely worshipped and popular deities in Greek antiquity, Aphrodite emerges from the imaginations of the ancient Greek writers and artists as a multifaceted, powerful and charismatic figure. This volume explores the importance of Aphrodite for the ancient Greeks, as well as her enduring influence as a symbol of beauty, adornment, love and sexuality in contemporary culture. In a wide-ranging investigation of the universality of Aphrodite’s power and significance, this volume illuminates the numerous intricate levels of divinity embodied by the alluring figure of Aphrodite.

Aphrodite offers new insights into the ancient texts and artistic representations of the goddess, as well as a comprehensive survey of the current scholarship about the origins and interpretations of Aphrodite, whilst also highlighting her eternal popular appeal across cultures and generations. A goddess of love who is not afraid to enter the battlefield; a goddess of bodily adornment who is the first to appear totally nude; a goddess born of the sea who emerges into the open sky: Aphrodite is a polyvalent deity, plural in nature, function and significance.

Table of Contents

Why Aphrodite 1. Introducing AphroditeWho is Aphrodite? Aphrodite Emerges The Evidence for Aphrodite Overview Key Themes 2. Birth, Origins, Name Birth The Castration of Ouranos Daughter of Zeus & Dione Origins Near Eastern Aphrodite Cypriot Aphrodite Indo-European Aphrodite Names Cypris & Cythereia Ourania Overview 3. Love, Sex, War Love & Sex Mixis Peithō & Pandēmos Philommeidēs Prostitution Eros & Himeros War Overview 4. Beauty, Adornment, Nudity Beauty Adornment Garlands & Mirrors Goldenness Entourage Nudity The Knidia Overview 5. Intimacy with Mortals intimacy Pandora Helen & Paris Anchises & Aeneas Adonis Punishment Hippolytus Overview 6. Sea and Sky Anodos Sea & Sailing Sky Mountains Birds Overview Aphrodite Afterwards 7. After Greek Antiquity Aphrodite & Venus Aphrodite Today Film & Television Overview Further reading Index

About the Series

Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

Routledge is pleased to present an exciting new series, Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World. These figures of classical antiquity are embedded in our culture, many functioning as the sources of creative inspiration for poets, novelists, artists, composers and filmmakers. These concise and comprehensive guides provide a thorough understanding of each figure, offering the latest in critical research from the leading scholars in the field in an accessible and approachable form, making them ideal for undergraduates in Classics and related disciplines.

Concerned with their multifaceted aspects within the world of ancient paganism and how and why these figures continue to fascinate, the books provide a route into understanding Greek and Roman polytheism in the 21st century.

Each volume includes illustrations, time charts, family trees and maps where appropriate.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Ancient / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Folklore & Mythology