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On Cyprus she was called Kypris; also known as Cytherea and Aphrodite Ourania [heavenly]; and Aphrodite Pandemos [common]. She was the goddess of love, lust, and beauty. Cytherea Island was the center of her cult. Also worshipped at Athens and Corinth at Aphrodisiac Festivals; and at Paphos Grees [chief worship]. She is depicted with dolphins, doves, swans, pomegranates, and lime trees. She played a role in homosexuality and heterosexuality. Unhappiness to her marriage with Hephaestus caused her to seek out companionship with Adonis. Zeus was her father, Aenaes her son. She is associated with Oreads, nymphs of the mountains. Venus [Roman], Ishtar [Mesopotamia], Astarte [Greek], Turan [Etruscan], Ares, Anchises, and Pygmalion.
The name means 'risen from the foam' (I know because I am half Greek) and that is because according to the myth, the goddess of love was born from the foam of the sea at a coast of Cyprus. Apart from that I would also like to inform you that the name is used in modern Greece as well and it is not uncommon.
-- Anonymous User
aphro=afro=to bring near, to draw near, to come near
It means to bring the day, morning star, as many Greek names have only meaning in Albanian.
After wishing never to be separated from Hermes, Aphrodite's and Hermes's bodies were merged - the first hermaphrodite.
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