Aphrodite is the goddess of love and beauty, and is identified in Rome with the ancient italic divinity Venus. According to a tradition is daughter of Uranus and according to another one of Zeus and Dione.
In the case of the first story, birth occurs at the moment when Cronus (god of time) cuts the genitals of his father Uranus and throws them to the sea, where Aphrodite appears. Hence it is known as "the goddess born of the waves" or "born of the semen of god".
Aphrodite is a participant in countless legends. First, he married Ephesus (the divine lame and fire god), but he was in love with Ares (god of War).
Homero (writer of The Odyssey and The Iliad) tells that while the lovers gave themselves to the passion in a dawn, in the bed of Aphrodite, zealous Efesto had set a trap to them, because the Sun had told to him that his beloved was being unfaithful.
When the lovers realized they were already trapped in a magical net that had the husband of the beautiful goddess, and this one went to call to all the gods so that they were witnesses of the deception. Everyone mocked the matter, but Poseidon (god of the Sea) asked clemency and for that Aphrodite and Ares were released.
The ashamed goddess fled to Cyprus, while Ares went to Thrace. Nevertheless, their loves had fruit and of such union were born Eros (God of the love) and Anteros, Deimo and Phobos (Terror and the Fear) and Harmony. Sometimes it is also added to Priapus.
In addition to Ares, Aphrodite was involved amorously with Adonis and Anchises with whom she had Aeneas (Trojan hero and character of Virgil's Aeneid) and Lirno.
But the goddess was especially known for her curses and wrath, for when one fell into the misfortune of offending the goddess, she was condemned to terrible torments.