Aphrodite was the Greek goddess of love, beauty and fertility. Different myths tell of contradictory origins—Homer said that Aphrodite was born of Dione with Zeus, while Hesoid's story, which is more popular, tells that Aphrodite was born of the foraming sea where Ouranos' severed genitals had fallen when Kronos emasculated Ouranos to free himself and his siblings.
Aphrodite was the wife of Hephaestus, but she also bore children of Ares, Dionysus and Hermes.
Mythology experts suggest that Aphrodite may have been derived from eastern religions, she is very similar to Ishtar of Mesopotamian myth. The Romans equated Aphrodite with Venus.