Guide to the Greek Pantheon: Aphrodite

Posted August 11, 2015 by Suzanne in Reading on the Dark Side, Under the Covers / 6 Comments

 

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:

birth_of_venusName: Aphrodite
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?

immortalseduction aphroditecalling desperatehousewivesofavalon
accidentallyaphrodite deerinheadlights

What are your favourite books featuring Aphrodite?

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Sooo I was teaching greek mythology a few years ago and found the goddess girls series…yes they are for the elementary/middle school age frame but they’re really cute 🙂

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My Greek mythology knowledge missed that first option for her parentage until now. Yeah, that would might explain her issues. Haha! I haven’t read any of those, but I’ve read a few others with her interfering in people’s lives. 🙂

Fun post!

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Don’t think I’ve read any books featuring Aphrodite

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I can no longer even see the name “Aphrodite” without hearing her jingle from Disney’s Hercules:
https://youtu.be/4ZxdDZMIir0

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Bahahah! OMG that was going through my head everytime I thought her name, glad I am not the only one lol!

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