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Aphroidite And the Beasts. by GENZOMAN Aphroidite And the Beasts. by GENZOMAN
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 Δος, "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 :)

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pimohdaimaoh Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hmmm. . what the goddess of beauty doing around with those Brutes?
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Da-Vinci101 Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
This is cool. But Aphrodite needs to be in a different background? Like in the sea or in a temple! That would be awesome!!
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Sanchit-Malik Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Really Speechless I love ur creations !!
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NoobWhompa Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
Born from detached testicals yet has the best curves 'round. (lol)
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DemonDogMarine1960 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
I THOUGHT SHE was supposed to represent love & sexuality?
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MrTBSC Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
finaly a propper minotaur were the head fits with the human body ... i saw so many depictions of it but i never was pleased with those were he was moe man then animal
THIS ONE nails it ...
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FatzJinXX Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Beauty and the beasts.Epic!
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spiritImmortalLisa Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
beautiful Aphrodite!!
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jessesbv Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Griffon, Pegasus, Phoenix, Minotaur, and Cyclops. The gang's all here!
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arigato30 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Student Artist
Griffon!Dancing Tard 
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