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Sandro Botticelli: "Venus and Mars." The painting shows Venus resting contentedly. Little satyrs honk horns and play about Mars, as he sleeps, unaware.
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Aphrodite and Ares

Aphrodite was the goddess of love and beauty. Aphrodite was known to the Romans as Venus. With her beautiful features and pleasant smile she attracted many would-be boyfriends, gods and mortals alike. She was married to the clummsy and crippled Hephaestus, the god of fire. Her true love was Ares, the god of War. One day while Venus and Mars were together they were caught in an invisible but strong net forged by Hephaestus, and thus exposed to the ridicule and laughter of the other gods at Mt. Olympus.

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