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Aphrodite

Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love, beauty, and pleasure. It’s possible that she was adopted by the Ancient Greeks from the Phoenician goddess Astarte, who was a cognate of the Babylonian goddess Ishtar. As for Aphrodite’s name, the first part has often been associated with Greek aphros (foam) in reference to her being born from the sea foam though it seems likely that the name derives from a Pre-Greek source, while the second element could be related to *-odite (wanderer) or *-dite (bright, shine).

Origin: Ancient Greek

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Variants:

  • Afroditi (Modern Greek)
  • Aphrodisia (Ancient Greek)

 

Male forms:

  • Aphrodisios (Ancient Greek)

 

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