.. without these goddesses in his life, so they divided a year up into three equal parts: 1) Four months with Persephone 2) Four months with Aphrodite 3) Four months to be with whomever he wanted to be with.17 Although this is what the court ruled, Aphrodite wore her magic girdle and persuaded Adonis to let her not only her time with him, and she persuaded him to let her have his time to himself to be with him.18 Persephone did not agree with this at all. She went to Ares and told him how angry she was. Ares got jealous of Persephone’s true love for Adonis, so he disguised him self as a wild boar and killed Adonis right in front of Aphrodite. Aphrodite had two children. She had a son, Golgas, who was the founder of the Cyprian Golgi.
She also had a daughter, Beroe, who was the founder of Beroea in Thrace. Some also say that, instead of Dionysus, Adonis was the father of her son Priapus. THE JUDGEMENT OF PARIS There is a myth called the Judgement of Paris that has to do with Paris, the son of Priam and Hecuba, having to judge who is the fairest goddess. This myth starts off at a wedding. Eris threw out a golden apple into the midst of the female crowd that was inscripted For the Fairest.
There was a quarrel between Athena, Hera, and Aphrodite. Each of the goddesses were claiming that they should get the apple because they thought themselves to be the fairest. After arguing endlessly, they eventually agreed to make Paris the settler of their dispute.20 All three of the goddesses offered Paris bribes. Aphrodite offered him lust. Hera and Athena offered him kingship and victory in war. Paris gave the apple to Aphrodite and rejected the other goddesses.
HEPHAESTUS Hephaestus was an unattractive Smith-god that was married to Aphrodite. Hephaestus was the only god who worked or suffered from a physical disability. Although he was ugly and deformed, Hephaestus was a kind, peace-loving god and he was popular on Mt. Olympus. Hephaestus was a muscular man with a thick neck with a hairy chest. He had a shortened leg and a club foot, and both of his feet facing backwards. Because his legs were like this, he had to use a crutch to support himself.
He had a beard, and he usually dressed in a ragged sleeveless tunic and a wool hat.21 There is a myth that says Hephaestus was so weakly at birth that his mother, Hera, dropped him from the top of Mt. Olympus to rid herself of the embarrassment of an ugly child. He survived this, though, because he fell into the sea and Thetis and Eurynome saved him. These goddesses took them into their care and he thanked them by making them all kinds of ornamental and useful items. After about nine years, Hera met Thetis who was wearing a jewel that Hephaestus made. Hera asked her where she found the jewel.
Thetis hesitated, but Hera forced the truth out of her. When Hera found out that she got the jewel from Hephaestus, she immediately brought him back to Olympus where he could put his talent to a better use. Hera made him work day and night and she made something of him.22 When Hephaestus moved back to Olympus, he was reconciled with Hera. When Hera rebelled against Zeus, Hephaestus reproached Zeus for hanging her from the wrists from heaven. He should have kept silent though, because Zeus just became angry and threw him from Mt.
Olympus for a second time. It took a whole day to fall. He landed on the island of Lemnos and broke both of his legs. When he went back to Olympus, he could only walk with help of golden-leg supports.23 Hephaestus was an ill-tempered, ugly god, but he had immense power in his arms and shoulders. One time, he made a set of golden mechanical women to help him in his work.
The women could talk and complete very difficult tasks. He also made a set of three-legged tables with golden wheels that could run by themselves.24 Hephaestus’ twenty-three three legged tables have much of the same origin as Gasterocheires who built the Tiryns. The origin of the three-legged tables is that they represent the three-season years, and they denote the length of his reign was twenty years long. LOVE AND MARRIAGE According to most myths, the reason Hephaestus and Aphrodite were married is because Hephaestus asked Zeus for her as a reward for reconciling his parents. Aphrodite didn’t refuse. Some people think this marraige is appropriate because it is a union of inner and outer beauty. But many people do not agree because they have nothing in common–her sensual beauty differs from his ugliness; her playful spirit contrasted with his steady, serious temperament; her unfaithfulness and irresponsibility, and his workmanship ethics.
Although these two were so different, Hephaestus loved Aphrodite. She didn’t exactly feel the same way about him though. Instead, she had frequent affairs with many different Gods. In one particular affair that Aphrodite had with Ares, Hephaestus set up a trap that caught them while they were making love. Hephaestus summoned all the gods together, in hope that he make Aphrodite the laughing stock of Olympus. His plan backfired on him though, actually revealing himself as someone who was attempting to retain the love and devotion from his wife.25 Now that Hephaestus had embarrassed himself in front of all of the gods, Hephaestus became unhappy in his marriage to Aphrodite. He lost all interest in her and turned his attention to Athena who, like Aphrodite, was not in love with him.
Hephaestus fell in love with Athena when she came to him for a spear. When he tried to initiate intercourse, she rejected him.26 HEPHAESTUS AND APHRODITE Both Hephaestus and Aphrodite are powerful and popular figures of Greek mythology. They did many great, and maybe not so great, things during their lifetimes that are still remembered today. They were both main gods on Mt. Olympus.
They may have not had many great times with each other according to myth, but they were still significant gods who had great lives. Many people use both of these gods to relate to things today, and they will be remembered for years and years to come. Their characters in Greek mythology are very significant and they will not be forgotten anytime soon.