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Learn about the famous Greek goddess, Aphrodite in this new Myths and Legends episode from English Plus Podcast.
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Welcome to a new episode from English plus podcast. Today’s episode is about myths and legends, and we will talk about a very special goddess. A very famous guide is actually, we’re going to talk about Aphrodite. We’re going to talk about her character overview, the major myths and. Aphrodite in context.
[00:00:25] So without further ado, let’s start talking about myths and legends Aphrodite. The Greek goddess Aphrodite. One of the 12 Olympian deities was associated with love, beauty and fertility. The Romans later incorporated her into their Pantheon or collection of recognized gods and goddesses and renamed her Venus.
[00:00:50] According to one account Aphrodite was born when the Titan Kronos cut off the sex organs of his father Uranus and threw them into the sea Aphrodite emerged, fully grown from the phone. And her name comes from Afros. The Greek word for foam that gathered on the surface of the water. A different account of her birth makes her the daughter of the ruler of the gods Zeus and a minor goddess named Ione.
[00:01:19] Aphrodite’s connection with love is reflected in the numerous stories about her romantic affairs. She was married to her face, just the God of fire and blacksmiths. She had frequent love affairs and children with various other gods, including Aries, Hermes, Poseidon, and Diane ISIS, which of course angered her jealous husband.
[00:01:42] Among Aphrodite’s many children where they most, and that is the Greek word for terror Phobos and that is the Greek word for fear fathered by Aries. And Eric’s the son of Poseidon. She was also the mother of the Roman hero. NAIAs whom she had with the shepherd and guises. The handsome youth Adonis was another of Aphrodite’s great loves her.
[00:02:07] Stephanie, the goddess of the underworld also developed a passion for Adonis. When he entered the underworld, after being killed by a boar Adonis’s death did not Del Aphrodite’s affection for him and a bitter feud between the two goddesses erupted Zeus, resolve the conflict by instructing the youth to divide his time between them.
[00:02:29] Aphrodite his role as the goddess of beauty was one of the factors that led to the start of the Trojan war. Zeus forced the Trojan Prince Paris to decide which of the three goddesses Hara, Athena or Aphrodite was the fairest. Each God has tried to bribe Paris with generous gifts. But he found effort.
[00:02:49] IDs offered to give him the most beautiful woman in the world. The best is declared Aphrodite, the fairest of the goddesses, and she kept her promise by helping him gain the love of Helen, the wife of King, miscellaneous of Sparta. Paris took Helen to Troy with him and the Greeks attempts to reclaim her resulted in the Trojan war.
[00:03:11] Aphrodite continued to influence events during the 10 years of the war at various stages during the conflict she assisted the Trojan soldiers, particularly Paris, meanwhile, Hara and Athena, who were still offended by Paris. His choice of Aphrodite as the fairest came to the aid of the Greeks. Now let’s talk about Aphrodite in context, the Greeks added Aphrodite to their Pantheon later than the other gods.
[00:03:38] It is likely that the Greeks adopted Aphrodite from Eastern cultures with similar goddesses, such as the goddess Inanna in ancient swimmer, the goddess HDR in ancient Babylonia and the Canaanite goddess as starting from ancient Syria. Aphrodite and a study, both share similar myths regarding their attachment to a handsome young lover Adonis in Greek tradition, Anton moves in the Canaanite tradition who dies young, but is allowed to divide his time between the underworld and the world of the living.
[00:04:09] The story connects Aphrodite as a fertility goddess with a vegetation, God who cycle in and out of the world of the living represents the cycle of crops. The ancient Greeks placed great importance on physical beauty because they believed the physical body to be election of the mind and spirit, a beautiful person.
[00:04:30] According to the ancient Greeks was more likely to have more desirable mental skills and personality traits. This is very different from more modern views on beauty and shows that the ancient Greek focus of physical appearance was not quite as superficial as it appears. Throughout the Western world, Aphrodite’s recognized as the symbol of love and beauty, but there are different interpretations of Aphrodite based on two different versions of her birth.
[00:04:59] As Aphrodite Urania born from the sky, God Uranus. She is a celestial figure, a goddess of spiritual love. As Aphrodite pan demos born from the union of Zeus and the goddess. . She is a goddess of love, lust and pure physical satisfaction. Everett is often associated with seafoam and seashells because of her origins, but she’s also linked with doves roses, swans, dolphins, and sparrows.
[00:05:29] Aphrodite appears in works of many ancient writers. The legend of her birth is told in Haysi. It’s the organi effort ID and her son and atheists are central to the action of Virgil’s Epic poem, the naked, the Greek playwright included the story of the judgment of Paris in his play, the Trojan women and the Greek poet Homer described her role in the Trojan war in the Iliad.
[00:05:54] Aphrodite was the subject of the most famous work by the Greek sculptor Brexit, Elise who completed Aphrodite of needles in about three 50 BCE. Although the statute is now lost, it is known through the many copies that were made during Roman times. Aphrodite was also the focus of one of the Renaissance painters sound robotic, gel, his most famous creations, the birth of Venus.
[00:06:19] Aphrodite and her Roman counterpart Venus continued to represent the ideals of feminine beauty in modern Western culture. The name Venus is even used to market a brand of razors for women. She has appeared as a character in films, such as the adventures of Baron Munchhausen in 1988 and on television as a character on the series, Xena warrior, princess, and Hercules, the legendary journeys.
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[00:07:03] Now, the ancient Greeks believed that physical beauty was important because it reflected an inner beauty. How do you think modern views on beauty compared to the ancient Greek perspective? In the modern world are people who are considered beautiful. Also generally thought to be smart, friendly, or spiritual.
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