You can’t swing a cat in paranormal romance without knocking down a few Greek gods or godesses, it seems the Greek Pantheon and their antics; often violent, sexual and downright wrong, have caught authors imaginations. So, I decided to do some in depth research about the guys and gals of Mount Olympus who seem to pop up the most (aka, I did a thorough Google search) and see what it is the fascinates our favourite author so much.
To kick the week off, I thought it would be appropriate to take a peek at the goddess Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, and here’s a profile of her to sum up the facts:
Also known as: Venus
Deity of: Love, Beauty, Pleasure and Protection
Parents: Well, that’s a little foggy, depending on who you ask she either is:
(a) the product of Cronus (a Titan) chopping off the balls of Uranus (his father) and throwing them in the sea and she arose from the foamy depths and then floated to shore in a scallop shell.
(b) she is the daughter of Zeus and Dione.
Pick whichever option suits you, personally my bloodthirsty self likes option (a) apparently the blood from the de-balling also created Erinyes (furies) and Meliae (nymphs)
Marital Status: Married to Hephaestus the Greek god of Smithing, meant to be an all round ugly and humourless kind of guy. She didn’t marry him of her own free will, Zeus forced the marriage to the ugly Hephaetus as he didn’t want her beauty to start causing wars in Olympus. However, ol’ Hephaetus is pretty happy to be married to Aphrodite and forged her beautiful jewelry, of course, that doesn’t stop Aphrodite cheating on him…you name an Olympian, she’s either shagged him or gave birth to him…
Lovers: Ares (ew, he’s also her brother…), Adonis, Poseidon, Hermes, Dionysus…the list goes on.
General Knowledge 1: She emerged as a fully formed adult, a sexy femme fatale kind of woman.
General Knowledge 2: Played a huge part in starting the Trojan War, by making Paris fall madly in lust with the already-married-to-a-bad-ass-warrior Helen.
In general Aphordite was supposed to be vain, selfish and a lil bit lusty; however, I think that description could apply to 99% of the Greek Pantheon…
Want to check out some books featuring this Goddess?