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Aphrodite
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(᾽Αφρδίτη; Lat. Venus). Most of the Greek cities dedicated shrines to the Greek goddess Aphrodite; she is rarely found as the city deity, as in Aphrodisias in Asia Minor; Corinth is considered her city. Within the internal social structure of the polis Aphrodite was chosen as goddess in the following contexts: 1. By young women on the day before the wedding; women asked her for sexual desire, the art of seduction, sexual ability if the marriage proved to be barren. Her companions were Himeros (“desire”), Eros, Peitho (“persuasion”) and Harmonia. Marriage itself wa…

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Auffarth, Christoph, “Aphrodite”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_00858>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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