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(Ἀφροδίτη; Aphrodítē).

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A. Genealogy

Etymology unknown [1. 115-123]. Born, according to Hesiod, from the severed genitalia of Uranus (Theog. 188-206) or as the daughter of Zeus and Dione, according to Homer (Il. 5,370-417). In the Greek pantheon A. represents all of the ambiguity of femininity: the seductive charm as well as the necessity to reproduce and a p…

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Pirenne-Delforge, Vinciane (Romsée) and Ley, Anne (Xanten), “Aphrodite”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 23 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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