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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 exquisite features and pleasant smile she attracted many suitors, gods and mortals alike. She was married to the graceless and lame Hephaestus, the god of fire. Her true love was Ares, the god of war. Their child was the beautiful goddess Harmonia.

One day while Aphrodite and Ares lay together they were caught in an invisible but strong net forged by Hephaestus, who cried out when the lovers had been ensnared:

"Zeus and all you immortals! Come quickly and see this intolerable thing, worthy of your laughter. Because I am lame Aphrodite despises me. She loves the cruel Ares because he is agile and handsome. See them both bound together in their adultery, for these cords will keep them so bound until Zeus returns the gifts I made him in order to obtain this impudent wench who cannot restrain her lust!"

The gods laughed uncontrollably.


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