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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 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 :)

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thorman Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015
wuau que sexy dibujo de afrodita me encanta te felicito muchisimo genzoman es un gran trabajo:D 
xavgui Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
you should draw the draugr
Arkaida007911 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
pimohdaimaoh Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hmmm. . what the goddess of beauty doing around with those Brutes?
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!!
Sanchit-Malik Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Really Speechless I love ur creations !!
NoobWhompa Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
Born from detached testicals yet has the best curves 'round. (lol)
DemonDogMarine1960 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
I THOUGHT SHE was supposed to represent love & sexuality?
Qui5012Artist Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She does, that's the thing o_o!
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 ...
FatzJinXX Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Beauty and the beasts.Epic!
spiritImmortalLisa Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
beautiful Aphrodite!!
jessesbv Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Griffon, Pegasus, Phoenix, Minotaur, and Cyclops. The gang's all here!
arigato30 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Student Artist
Griffon!Dancing Tard 
Fenris007 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
Sounds like a Band
luis-GAH Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Very good job but why the Cyclops totally looks like Hitotsu-Me Giant (Yu-Gi-Oh!) and the Phoenix looks exactly the same as the Celestia's pet Phoenix…
Legendary-Star-King Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That Cyclops looks like the Hitotsu-me Giant from Yu-Gi-Oh!.
ScytheArchAngel Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
hey how to download whole gallery
vanitymilian Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
lol i this picture Aphrodite IS MY FAVORITE GODDESS
rainkeltoia Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I adore how you included all these different parts of her mythos into the picture. Stunning work!
RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Awesome work here
ChillYoTony Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
ok this iz killer blood :wow:
halofan2010 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
This rendering of Aphrodite reminds me of my good friend Joanne, and I would be the least surprised if she was the reincarnation of the beautiful love goddess herself, She quite the sight.
eitandark Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Student General Artist
nice pic!! well done
BloodElf300 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
FantasyNerd47 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
The Greeks considered Aphrodite a Harlot, because she was the goddess of sex, whereas the Romans respected her counterpart, Venus, with the utmost respect because she was a goddess of Romance.
Xauren Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
This pic is complete badassery
istvike1 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
ShiLiu Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
you seem to forget that aphrodite was also a much curvier lady, she was the venus di milo, she was a size 16 pear shape or better, not a size two
UnluckyNumberXIII Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool. I love myths.
Wolfzero-kun Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Student General Artist
I love Aphrodite *-*
Celestic-Muse Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011   Digital Artist
O_O so fantastic!!!
ginkumo12 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
This girl is balls.... literally.
ectoborge Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
What! beauty and horror combined! That is the perfect picture
Fabianschica101 Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
Holy cow, I adore your Greek myth art! It's gorgeous!!!! I'm going to Greece, i'll think of these when I am there!!!
CwnAnnan Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Student
amazingly wow.. O.O
adamkaimaras Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
Very Nice!!!!
SilverDragonSpirit Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
arcticqueen Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is BEAUTIFUL!!! this is one of my favorites out of the myth section of your gallery.
arcticqueen Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i had a friend of mine label me aphordite...i dont wanna b but he tells me he sees her in me...he also believes in the greek mythology, and its basically his religion i guess u could say. He mentioned itvto me and now i'm a believer so facinating!!!(spelt that wrong...)
BtoK Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
wow!!! epic!!!
bloody-shadow-glass Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
all:love the art
Jikan-Phantom Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
That is one cool pic
bella-Winry Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
AliceinMadworld Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
I really like myths, good job!
ATAKI-NAKAO-ANDRE Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
Bárbaro~! =D
vampirelover90 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
yea wow that is very good
Enigma201 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Student General Artist
wow. pegasus looks meaner than usual
androdameia Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
Verry verry Nice!
MoonWalker24 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
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