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Aphrodite \Aph`ro*di"te\, n. [Gr. ?.]

  1. (Classic Myth.) The Greek goddess of love, corresponding to the Venus of the Romans.

  2. (Zo["o]l.) A large marine annelid, covered with long, lustrous, golden, hairlike set[ae]; the sea mouse.

  3. (Zo["o]l.) A beautiful butterfly ( Argunnis Aphrodite) of the United States.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Greek goddess of love and beauty; by the ancients, her name was derived from Greek aphros "foam," from the story of her birth, but perhaps it is ultimately from Phoenician Ashtaroth (Assyrian Ishtar). In 17c. English, pronounced to rhyme with night, right, etc.


n. (context Greek god English) The goddess of beauty and love,''Webster's College Dictionary'', Random House, 2001 born when Cronus castrated his father, Uranus, and threw his genitalia into the sea.''Oxford Dictionary of World Mythology'', Arthur Cotterell, Oxford University Press, 1986 Her Roman counterpart is Venus.


Aphrodite ( ; Greek: ) is the Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation. Her Roman equivalent is the goddess . She is identified with the planet Venus.

As with many ancient Greek deities, there is more than one story about her origins. According to Hesiod's Theogony, she was born when Cronus cut off Uranus's genitals and threw them into the sea, and she arose from the sea foam (aphros). According to Homer's Iliad, she is the daughter of Zeus and Dione. According to Plato (Symposium, 180e), these two origins were of entirely separate entities: Aphrodite Ourania and Aphrodite Pandemos.

Because of her beauty, other gods feared that their rivalry over her would interrupt the peace among them and lead to war, so Zeus married her to Hephaestus, who, because of his ugliness and deformity, was not seen as a threat. Aphrodite had many lovers—both gods, such as Ares, and men, such as Anchises. She played a role in the Eros and Psyche legend, and later was both Adonis's lover and his surrogate mother. Many lesser beings were said to be children of Aphrodite.

Aphrodite is also known as Cytherea (Lady of Cythera) and Cypris (Lady of Cyprus) after the two cult sites, Cythera and Cyprus, which claimed to be her place of birth. Myrtle, doves, sparrows, horses, and swans were said to be sacred to her. The ancient Greeks identified her with the Ancient Egyptian goddess Hathor.

Aphrodite had many other names, such as Acidalia, Cytherea, and Cerigo, each used by a different local cult of the goddess in Greece. The Greeks recognized all of these names as referring to the single goddess Aphrodite, despite the slight differences in what these local cults believed the goddess demanded of them. The Attic philosophers of the 4th century, however, drew a distinction between a celestial Aphrodite (Aphrodite Urania) of transcendent principles, and a separate, "common" Aphrodite who was the goddess of the people (Aphrodite Pandemos).

Aphrodite (musician)

Aphrodite (born Gavin King ) also known as A Zone or DJ Aphro, is a UK jungle and drum and bass DJ/ producer on the Urban Takeover label. He contributed to and influenced the genre's styles and techniques. He was born and raised in Aberystwyth, and moved to London with his family as a toddler. He studied computer science.

DJ Aphrodite is behind Aphrodite Recordings which was inspired by a club he ran in 1988 called 'Aphrodite'. His debut album was a self-titled effort under V2 Recordings, released on 1 September 2000. The follow-up was Aftershock which was again released under V2 Recordings on 24 June 2002.

Aphrodite (disambiguation)

Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love and beauty.

Aphrodite may also refer to:

Aphrodite (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess)

Aphrodite is a fictional character played by Alexandra Tydings in Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.

Aphrodite (comics)

Aphrodite, in comics, may refer to:

  • Aphrodite (Marvel Comics), a marvel Comics character, the actual goddess also known as Venus
  • Aphrodite IX, a 2000 series from the Image Comics imprint Top Cow
  • Pisces Aphrodite, a character from the manga Saint Seiya
  • Aphrodite (Xena and Hercules), a character who has appeared in the Xena comic books
  • Aphrodite (DC Comics), a DC Comics character connected to Wonder Woman
  • Aphrodite, a character who appeared in the comic book Athena from Dynamite Entertainment
Aphrodite (film)

Aphrodite is a 1982 French–Swiss soft-core sex film directed by Robert Fuest. The film is inspired by the novel Aphrodite: mœurs antiques by Pierre Louÿs and stars Valérie Kaprisky and Horst Buchholz. The story follows a group of visitors who come to an island where they are involved in different sexual liaisons.

Aphrodite was the final theatrical film by Robert Fuest. The film was shot in a studio at Hauts-de-Seine in France. The film is a French-Swiss co-production between Films de la Tour and Scipion Films.

Aphrodite was released in France on 7 July 1982. The film was released in France on VHS in 1985.

Aphrodite (album)

Aphrodite is the eleventh studio album by Australian recording artist Kylie Minogue, released on 30 June 2010. Beginning in early 2009, the singer met with British singer-songwriter Nerina Pallot to begin recording sessions for a new album. Although successful at first, the sessions later became unproductive; Minogue then began working with British electronic music producer Stuart Price, who became the executive producer of the album. The two collaborated with various producers and writers on the album, including Jake Shears, Calvin Harris, Sebastian Ingrosso and Pascal Gabriel. Aphrodite follows a musical approach largely similar to Minogue's previous albums and is primarily a dance-pop and disco record. It draws influences from various dance-based genres including electropop, hi-NRG, club and rave music.

Upon its release, Aphrodite was met with generally positive reviews from music critics, many of whom complimented it as a return to form for Minogue. However, critics were divided on its production; many felt Price's production helped make the album cohesive, while some felt it made the album sound too similar to Minogue's previous work and lacked innovation. Commercially, Aphrodite was a success. In Minogue's native country Australia, it peaked at number two on the Australian Albums chart, and was later certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association. In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at number one on the UK Albums chart, a feat accomplished by Minogue's debut studio album Kylie (1988) during the same week 22 years prior. Aphrodite was the fourth studio album by Minogue to peak atop the UK albums chart and made her the first solo artist to have a number one album in four different decades in the region, achieving this in the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. She also became a Guinness World Record-holder for achieving the most consecutive decades with top five albums in the United Kingdom. The British Phonographic Industry certified Aphrodite platinum. The album also achieved strong charting internationally, reaching the top-five in countries like Belgium, France, Greece, Spain and Switzerland. It became Minogue's second highest-charting album in the United States by peaking at number 19 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Four singles were released from Aphrodite. Its lead single " All the Lovers" was a commercial success, peaking at number three in the United Kingdom and reaching the top ten in numerous countries like France, Italy, Scotland and Spain. In Australia, it narrowly missed the top ten by peaking at number 13 on the singles chart. " Get Outta My Way" was released as the second single and reached the top 20 in the United Kingdom, but underperformed in Australia after failing to peak inside the top 50. Similarly, the third single " Better than Today" missed the top 50 in Australia, and additionally missed the top 20 in the United Kingdom. In response to their poor chart performances, Minogue expressed disappointment in her label and stated that no further singles would be released. Despite this statement, " Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love)" was released as the fourth and final single from Aphrodite and peaked at number 50 in Australia. In the United States, all four singles released from the album peaked atop the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart. To further promote the album, Minogue embarked on the successful Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour in 2011.

Aphrodite (song)

"Aphrodite" is a song by Australian recording artist Kylie Minogue, taken from her eleventh studio album of the same name (2010). Written and produced by Nerina Pallot and Andy Chatterley, the song was included as the title track on the album, which was released on 5 July 2010. It was later included in the track list of Minogue's seventh extended play, A Christmas Gift, which was released on 1 December 2010. The song is a dance-pop track in which Minogue personifies herself as Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation.

Upon the album's release, "Aphrodite" was met with critical acclaim by most music critics, many of whom noted it to be one of the album's strongest tracks. Even though the song was not released as a single, it managed to peak at number six on the Ultratip chart in Belgium, and at number 25 on the Belgian Airplay chart. "Aphrodite" was a part of the setlist for Minogue's Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour in 2011, which was launched to promote its parent album. The song was performed as the concert tour's opening track.

Usage examples of "aphrodite".

Finally, the prince was rewarded as the tent flap was pulled aside and Asteria stepped into the room, looking for all the world like Artemis or golden Aphrodite, her small lyre under one arm, her eyes cast demurely down to her feet, a shy smile on her face.

There was a pelt on the floor, the skin of a smilodon from the Cenozoic hunting reserve on Aphrodite Terra.

Theologians and, over and over again, by Plato to whom Eros is child of Aphrodite, minister of beautiful children, inciter of human souls towards the supernal beauty or quickener of an already existing impulse thither.

Sir Lucius and Lady Aphrodite Grafton were indeed on the best possible terms, and the whole county admired his conjugal attentions and her wifelike affections.

Pythian Ode, Aphrodite gives the wryneck to Jason as the magical means to seduce Medea, and with it he binds the princess to him through her obsessive love.

Athene, who was most certainly on the verge of speaking to me, might instruct me when I found her voice to clear myself with Aphrodite or my father Poseidon before bridling the winged horse.

Aphrodite loosed from beneath her breasts her secret breastband, and held the thin web of cloth and microcircuits in her hand.

I went up the three flights and through the aluminum door into the vestibule, and the door to the warm room, where the Miltonia roezli and Phalaenopsis Aphrodite were in full bloom.

Aphrodite tells us that it was not she who slayed our beloved Scamandrius, our Astyanax, our young lord of the city.

Aphrodite, while in it may be distinguished the Reason-Principles summed under the names of Plenty and Possession, produced by the downflow of the Nectar of the over realm.

On this principle we have, here, Soul dwelling with the divine Intelligence, breaking away from it, and yet again being filled to satiety with the divine Ideas--the beautiful abounding in all plenty, so that every splendour become manifest in it with the images of whatever is lovely--Soul which, taken as one all, is Aphrodite, while in it may be distinguished the Reason-Principles summed under the names of Plenty and Possession, produced by the downflow of the Nectar of the over realm.

I would compare it to that of the Aphrodite of Gyrene if you would take off your shirt so I could see it better.

Probably one of those endless hymns to the fertility of Anahita, whom the Greeks call Aphrodite.

Book 5 Ares kills a Greek warrior and is in his turn wounded by Diomedes, who has already wounded Aphrodite.

Aphrodite of the Myth is the Soul and that Poros, Wealth, is the Reason-Principle of the Universe: we have still to explain Zeus and his garden.