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Mythology – Symbols of Aphrodite

by Erin on April 7, 2012

Aphrodite was the goddess of love and beauty in Greek mythology. She is represented in myth and art by various symbols, including the dove, myrtle, and the scepter.
Dove - Today, when we think of doves, peace often comes to mind. For the ancient Greeks, however, doves evoked love, since they were one of the symbols [...]

Art - Venus Verticordia by Rossetti

by Erin on April 6, 2012

In this haunting and seductive painting, artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti has depicted his version of Venus (the Roman goddess of love). The model for this painting was the auburn-haired ’stunner’ Alexa Wilding.
The beauty of Venus is complemented by a luxurious profusion of flowers - roses are in full bloom on both sides of the goddess, [...]

Mars and the Tale of Two Goddesses

by Erin on March 29, 2012

It’s still March, so let’s have a story about the Roman god Mars to end the month, shall we?
Mars was closely associated with the Greek god of war, Ares, in mythology. For this reason, there are few distinctly Roman tales about this important figure. One of the main exceptions is the story of Mars and [...]

The Legend of How Ireland Got Its Name

by Erin on March 17, 2012

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I thought I would feature a tale from Celtic legend. It’s the story of how Ireland got its name. You see, the Irish call their home Éire. This name was given by a goddess. Indeed, Éire (or Ériu) was part of a trio of goddesses, along with her sisters [...]

Hymn to Selene

by Erin on March 4, 2012

A while back, I featured an ancient poem dedicated to Helios, the god of the sun. Today, I’d like to share something about the sun’s divine counterpart. She is Selene, the goddess of the moon.
The following poem is commonly referred to as a Homeric Hymn.
Hymn to Selene

“Muses, sweet-speaking daughters of Zeus Kronides
and mistresses of song, [...]

Aphrodite & Hephaistos - A Union of Opposites

by Erin on February 16, 2012

Let’s take another look at the goddess Aphrodite. Specifically, today I’d like to explore the marriage of Aphrodite and Hephaistos (or Hephaestus). The relationship between these two Olympians is, well, such an odd juxtaposition. On the one hand, you have a beautiful goddess, who is appealing and alluring. On the other, a rather less attractive [...]

Book Review - Worshipping Aphrodite

by Erin on February 14, 2012

For Valentine’s Day this year, I thought it would be fun to take another look at that quintessential goddess of love, Aphrodite. So in honor of the holiday, I would like to celebrate this beguiling figure from myth by discussing a book devoted to her. The book is Worshipping Aphrodite. As the subtitle “Art and [...]

The Goddess of Love in Many Guises

by Erin on February 13, 2012

The ancient Greeks called her Aphrodite. Their neighbors, the Romans, referred to her as Venus. The inscrutable Etruscans even had their own name - Turan. No matter how you say her name, the fact remains that she is the goddess of love. An awe-inspiring, irresistible goddess who overwhelmed men and women with desire, passion, even [...]

Mythology - The Loves of Poseidon

by Erin on February 7, 2012

Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea, was a member of the first generation of Olympians. He was one of the most powerful male divinities, his might rivaled only by his brothers Zeus and Hades. It should therefore come as no surprise that Poseidon had his choice of female companions and fathered many children (divine [...]

Mythology - The Loves of Ares

by Erin on February 6, 2012

The fierce god Ares was often inflamed with lust in Greek mythology - lust for battle, that is. Indeed, it is fair to say that Ares was obsessed with war, almost to the exclusion of anything else. The god did, however, have an eye for the female form, and his appetite for Aphrodite, the alluring [...]

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