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n. Greek Mythology
The goddess of love and beauty. Also called Cytherea.

[Greek Aphrodītē, of Phoenician origin; see ʕṯtr in Semitic roots.]


(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth the goddess of love and beauty, daughter of Zeus. Roman counterpart: Venus Also called: Cytherea


(ˌæf rəˈdaɪ ti)

the ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty, identified by the Romans with Venus.
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Noun1.Aphrodite - goddess of love and beauty and daughter of Zeus in ancient mythologyAphrodite - goddess of love and beauty and daughter of Zeus in ancient mythology; identified with Roman Venus


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The Spenserian quaternary--earthly love and beauty, and celestial love and beauty --corresponds to Plato's binary-opposition structure in the nature of Aphrodite: Aphrodite Urania and Aphrodite Pandemos, i.e.
O Aphrodite Pandemos, your badgers rolling in the moonlit corn Corn blue-bloom-covered carpeting the wind Wind humming like distant rooks Distant rooks busy like factory whirring metal Whirring metallic starlings bizarre like cogwheels missing teeth Despite the hardened exterior of the crab, its sideways motion gets mimicked in the fluid patterning of these lines.
Noting the distinction in Plato's Phaedrus between Aphrodite Pandemos and Aphrodite Urania, he adduces Apuleius' 'trinitisation' of Plato's dual conception of love in the De Dogmate Socratis, according to which there is an intermediary type of love which embraces components from both the 'higher' Urania and the 'lower' Pandemos.
260 Pandemos pasiphae (Cramer, 1775) 261 Calospila emylius (Cramer, 1775) 262 Calospila latona (Hewitson, 1853) 263 Calospila lucianus (Stichel, 1910 264 Calospila n.