The goddess of love and reproduction for the Greeks was Aphrodite, the Babylonians called her Ishtar and she was called Astarte by the Phoenicians, but to the Romans this goddess was Venus. Venus figures into a lot of myths and she came about because the goddess Terra hated her tyrant husband Caelus after he had all the Hecatoncheires Hundred-Handed Giants who were her children thrown into Tartarus. Her son the Titan Saturn responded to her call, and one night he hid under his parents’ bed waiting for his father to fall asleep, then he castrated him with a sickle and then he promptly threw his genitals into the sea.
Terra took in all the bloody drops that spattered off of Caelus, and as the seasons of the year turned, she bore the seeds of the Erinnyes, the Gigantes and the Melian nymphs. As the genitals drifted over the water in the sea of Paphos in Cyprus, the blood and the semen that issued forth from the severed flesh of Caelus mixed with the sea water. The resulting foam slowly transformed into the child who would become Venus, the goddess of Love and Beauty.
Venus had a minor part in the story of Pandora, but she played a major part in the story of Pygmalion and his statue and also Trojan war. Juno queen of the gods, the wife and sister of Jupiter, hated the Trojans because of the Trojan Paris’s judgment against her in a beauty contest. This beauty contest took place between Juno, Venus and Minerva, where a golden apple was to be the prize to the fairest goddess. Aeneas was a son of Venus and he became a very strong and popular Greek soldier, who was one of the few survivors of the siege of Troy. Venus was the mother of Cupid, the guy with the love arrows and she was also the great-grandmother of Semele who slept with Jupiter. Venus was also the mother Priapus, a dwarfish man with a huge penis, but nobody knows who his father was, as Venus got around an awful lot.
Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Sunday Writing Prompt “Greek Love Story” hosted by Yves.