Aphrodite - Art History

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The goddess Aphrodite was known by a few other names(1). Aphrodite is known as the Greek godess of love, pleasure, beauty, and procreation. There are quite a few stories as to how she was born into our world. The two more well known ways go as follows. This first story will be the more famous or well known version of her birth. Her birth had been from when Cronus(3) severed Uranus'(4) genitals and had threwn them behind him into the sea. Then from the foam of his genitals, Aphrodite had arosen, while the Erinyes(5) had come about from the drops of blood. The other popular belief of her origins had been that she was considered one of the daughters of Zeus(6) and Dione(7). (1) Other names Aphrodite had been known as include: Lady of Cythera, and Lady of Cyprus. (2) Cronus(Also may be spelled as Kronos) was was the leader and the youngest of the first generation of Titans, descendants of Gaia, Mother Earth. (3) Uranus was the primal Greek god whom had been attatched to the sky. (4) Erinyes, sometimes referred to as "infernal goddesses" were female designated immortal beings of vengeance. (5) Zeus is the "Father of Gods and men" who had ruled the Olympians of Mount Olympus. He is the god of sky and thunder in Greek mythology. (6) Dione in Greek mythology, is a goddess who has her most concrete/well known form as the mother of Aphrodite. She's known as the female form of Zeus. The statue of Aphrodite that I had chosen is of her crouching naked at her bath. It was made in the second century AD by the Romans. It is a version of the original from Hellenistic(1) Greece. It can now be found on exhibit at the British Museum. In the fourth century BC there was a sculptor known as Praxiteles whom created the life-size naked statue of Aphrodite. It had been placed inside a shrine in her temple in south-western Turkey at Knidos. Most statues of Aphrodite,

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