Roman name: Venus
Ancient Greek Gods for Kids
Aphrodite was the goddess of love and beauty. Some people believed she was the daughter of Zeus, king of all the gods. Others insist she simply appeared one day, riding to shore on a wave of sea foam. Zeus had many daughters. As far as he was concerned, the lovely Aphrodite was welcome to be one of them. Nobody actually knows where she came from, but once she arrived, she became part of many Greek myths.
Aphrodite had a son, Eros, whom she loved dearly. She had a husband, the handyman to the gods, Hephaestus, whom she tolerated. She often hung out with Mars, the god of war. She also got along with Hera, queen of the gods, most of the time. Not many goddesses did.
Trouble seemed to follow Aphrodite. As Aphrodite would often insist, the things that went wrong were not really her fault. Not really. For example, if you believe the old myth, it was Aphrodite's vanity that caused the Trojan War. Aphrodite would tell you that the whole war was her half-sister's fault.
But don't take either sister's word for it; decide for yourself as you read the myth Aphrodite and Queen Helen of Sparta.