Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology

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Aphrodite
(13,860 words)

(Ἀφροδίτη [Aphrodítè], Latin Venus)

A. Cult and literary characteristics of the myth

From the earliest sources, A. is portrayed in her power over all living things and as the goddess of erotic seduction and sexual desire, of grace and beauty. As A. Ourania, she represents the force of the cosmos. In anthropomorphic guise, accompanied by Eros, the Charites (personifications of grace) or Peitho (personification of persuasion), she bewitches humans a…

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Füll, Bettina, “Aphrodite”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 13 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-8647_bnps4_e127370>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111



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