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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Image courtesy of the Trustees, The National Gallery, London.
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. However, 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 were together
they were caught in an invisible but strong net forged by
Hephaestus, and exposed to the ridicule and laughter of the
other gods at Mt. Olympus.
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