Aphrodite was born of the sea foam near Paphos, Cyprus after Cronus cut off Ouranos' genitals and threw them behind him into the sea, while the Erinyes emerged from the drops of blood. Hesiod's Theogony described that the genitals "were carried over the sea a long time, and white foam arose from the immortal flesh; with it a girl grew" to become Aphrodite. When she arose, she was haled as "Cyprian," and is referred to as such often, especially in the poetic works of Sappho. This fully grown up myth of Venus (the Roman name for Aphrodite), Venus Anadyomene ("Venus Rising From the Sea") was one of the iconic representations of Aphrodite, made famous in a much-admired painting by Apelles, now lost, but described in Pliny the Elder Natural History.
Thus Aphrodite is of an older generation than Zeus. Iliad (Book V) expresses another version of her origin, by which she was considered a daughter of Dione, who was the original oracular goddess ("Dione" being simply "the goddess, the feminine form of Δíος, "Dios", the genitive of Zeus) at Dodona. Aphrodite herself was sometimes referred to as "Dione". Once the worship of Zeus had usurped the oak-grove oracle at Dodona, some poets made him out to be the father of Aphrodite.
Aphrodite's chief center of worship remained at Paphos, on the south-western coast of Cyprus, where the goddess of desire had long been worshipped as Ishtar and Ashtaroth. It is said that she first tentatively came ashore at Cytherea, a stopping place for trade and culture between Crete and the Peloponesus. Thus perhaps we have hints of the track of Aphrodite's original cult from the Levant to mainland Greece.
Alternatively, Aphrodite was a daughter of Thalassa (for she was born of the Sea) and Zeus.
In this pic, Aprodite is followed for diferent myths, like the Cyclop , the Minotaur, Pegasus, Griffon and the phoenix over her shoulder.
I done this pic months ago or so, for Rage Hockey. I have a great time doing this pic, was rly fun and also i draw some myths I never done before.
thanks to Asad for the vision on this pic.
PsCS/Intuos/12 hours/Music: The wisdom and the cage-Therion
listen the song! is awesome and inspired me a lot for this pic [link]