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Aphrodite - Photo of the Roman Version of the Birth of Aphrodite or Venus
Venus in a Half Shell From Pompeii

Venus in a Half Shell From Pompeii

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The story of the birth of Aphrodite explains her presence on something found at sea, the half shell: Aphrodite was born from the foam that surfaced from the casting by Uranus of his father Cronus' testicles into the sea. For this reason, Aphrodite is called the foam-born. Because she landed at either Cyprus or Cythera, Aphrodite is referred to as the Cyprian or Cytherea.

The other version of the birth of Aphrodite makes her the daughter of Zeus and Dione.

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