Aphrodite in Greek Mythology
Aphrodite is a Greek goddess of love and beauty. Her symbols are sceptre, myrtle and dove. She holds great power over both mortals and immortals. She is featured in numerous myths, poems, and plays; likewise, there are many representations of Aphrodite in Greek sculpture and vase painting. Several legends of Aphrodite emphasize themes of love and desire. Interestingly, some myths deal with the consequences that the goddess herself suffers as a result of being the victim of love. The story of Aphrodite and her interlude with the human Adonis makes for an interesting study of the double edged sword that passion can be. In this myth, the vulnerability of the goddess is poignant. This vulnerability points to the fact that in Greek mythology even the gods could suffer, and were certainly not immune to the pains and passions that we, as humans, experience.