Aphrodite

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Routledge, 2010 - History - 155 pages
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Aphrodite explores the many myths and meanings of the Greek goddess of love, sex and beauty. One of the most widely worshipped and popular deities in Greek antiquity, Aphrodite emerges from the imaginations of the ancient Greek writers and artists as a multifaceted, powerful and charismatic figure. This volume explores the importance of Aphrodite for the ancient Greeks, as well as her enduring influence as a symbol of beauty, adornment, love and sexuality in contemporary culture. In a wide-ranging investigation of the universality of Aphrodite's power and significance, this volume illuminates the numerous intricate levels of divinity embodied by the alluring figure of Aphrodite.

Aphrodite offers new insights into the ancient texts and artistic representations of the goddess, as well as a comprehensive survey of the current scholarship about the origins and interpretations of Aphrodite, whilst also highlighting her eternal popular appeal across cultures and generations. A goddess of love who is not afraid to enter the battlefield; a goddess of bodily adornment who is the first to appear totally nude; a goddess born of the sea who emerges into the open sky: Aphrodite is a polyvalent deity, plural in nature, function and significance.

  

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Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
1
WHY APHRODITE?
2
1 INTRODUCING APHRODITE
3
KEY THEMES
8
2 BIRTH ORIGINS NAMES
11
3 LOVE SEX WAR
30
4 BEAUTY ADORNMENT NUDITY
53
5 INTIMACY WITH MORTALS
79
6 SEA AND SKY
104
APHRODITE AFTERWARDS
125
7 AFTER GREEK ANTIQUITY
126
FURTHER READING
145
INDEX
150
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