Aphrodite is the goddess of beauty, love, and marriage. In Sparta she was seen as a goddess of war. Aphrodite is also sometimes seen as a protectress of sailors. Doves, Sparrows, and Swans are sacred to her. She is either the daughter of Zeus and Dione, or she came from sea foam washed ashore on Cytheria or Cyprus. Aphrodite was married to Hephaestus, though she was not faithful to him. She had children by Anchises, Ares, Dionysus, Hermes, and Poseidon, to name a few.
During the Trojan war Aphrodite was wounded by Diomedes. She was also responsible for starting the Trojan War, due to her promise to Paris to give him the most beautiful woman in the world as his lover, even though she was already married, if he would give her the Golden Apple.
Children of Aphrodite: