- the ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty, identified by the Romans with Venus.
- Greek myth the goddess of love and beauty, daughter of ZeusRoman counterpart: Venus Also called: Cytherea
Greek goddess of love and beauty; by the ancients, her name was derived from Greek aphros “foam,” from the story of her birth, but perhaps it is ultimately from Phoenician Ashtaroth (Assyrian Ishtar). In 17c. English, pronounced to rhyme with night, right, etc.
The Greek and Roman goddess of love and beauty; the mother of see ). She was thought to have been born out of the foam of the sea and is thus often pictured rising from the water, notably in The Birth of Venus, by .and . In what may have been the first beauty contest, awarded her the prize (the ), choosing her over and as the most beautiful goddess (