The Children of Zeus: Aphrodite (page 99 lower)

Chapter 2: The Olympians

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Hesiod, Theogony 188-206

And so soon as he had cut off the members with flint and cast them from the land into the surging sea, they were swept away over the main a long time: and a white foam spread around them from the immortal flesh, and in it there grew a maiden. First she drew near holy Cythera, and from there, afterwards, she came to sea-girt Cyprus, and came forth an awful and lovely goddess, and grass grew up about her beneath her shapely feet. Her gods and men call Aphrodite, and the foam-born goddess and rich-crowned Cytherea, because she grew amid the foam, and Cytherea because she reached Cythera, and Cyprogenes because she was born in billowy Cyprus, and Philommedes because she sprang from the members. And with her went Eros, and comely Desire followed her at her birth at the first and as she went into the assembly of the gods. This honor she has from the beginning, and this is the portion allotted to her amongst men and undying gods,— the whisperings of maidens and smiles and deceits with sweet delight and love and graciousness. Greek Text

Homer, Iliad 3.374

Aphrodite, daughter of Zeus Greek Text

Homer, Odyssey 8.308

even how Aphrodite, daughter of Zeus, scorns me Greek Text

Homer, Odyssey 8.320

for his daughter is fair but bridles not her passion. Greek Text

Homer, Iliad 5.370-71

but fair Aphrodite flung herself upon the knees of her mother Dione. Greek Text

Homer, Iliad 5.359

“Dear brother, save me, and give me thy horses.” Greek Text

Literary sources edited by Elena Bianchelli, Retired Senior Lecturer of Classical Languages and Culture, Univ. of Georgia, January 2021

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