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    Re: The Gods

    Quote Originally Posted by Northman View Post

    Sorry for being pedantic but wasn't Aphrodite actually the primordial Goddess of love who rose from the blood of Uranus following his castration at the hands of the Titans? Rather than a sibling of Ares? In all the greek mythology books I've ever read that's what it's said :P

    Both actually...plus.

    There are multiple versions of many Greek myths, including the origin of Aphrodite. Your version is by Hesiod, the other version is by Homer* (Aphrodite as a child of Zeus and Dione), and some later versions list her as daughter of Kronos and Euonyme or of Uranus and Hemera.


    *The Homeric Hymns to Aphrodite repeat the Hesiod version, other writings attributed to Homer do not
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    Re: The Gods

    Oh right thanks most of my sources are modern texts si I know very little about the Homeric hymns I think I prefer Homers' version, love is too elemental a force to be born conventionally in my opinion :P

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