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The Roman Goddess of Love

Limited Edition
A 17" x 22" poster sized print of VENUS
Signed, framed and matted to 22" x 28".


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Venus(Aphrodite-Greek, Turan-Etruscan) was the name the ancient Romans gave to the goddess of erotic love, desire, passion, beauty, marriage, fertility, the sea and the vegetation. The most widely accepted version of her birth is that she was born of sea foam (aphros) produced by the severed genitals of Uranus (Father Heaven), after his son Cronus threw them into the sea. A lesser known myth exits in which it states that she is the daughter of Zeus and Dione (oak-goddess), making her an Olympian. The goddess of love was "queen of pleasure" and was honored as the mother of the Roman people.

Venus inspires people to love each other and to have children, ensuring that the human race continues to grow. As a nature goddess, she is associated with the arrival of spring as well as the bringer of joy to gods, humans, animals and plants. Prostitutes considered her their patron.

She was the wife of Vulcan, the lame god of metalwork, but had many lovers, including the god of war, Mars (Ares-Greek), in which she was closely associated with. It was with a mortal man, Anchises, that she gave birth to Aeneas. Aeneas was a Trojan prince who escaped after the fall of Troy and sailed to Italy, where he became the founder of Rome. During his many adventures, which were recorded in the The Aeneid by the poet Virgil, Aeneas was protected by enchanted armor that his mother persuaded Vulcan to make for him.

Venus had many children; with Mars (Ares) she gave birth to Harmonia, Deimos and Phobos. Her son Cupid (God of Love, Eros-Greek) is believed to be fathered by Jupiter (Zeus) but there are some who believe Ares is the father. By Hermes she bore Hermaphroditus. By Dionsysos she bore Priapus and Hymen, the god of marriage and commitment.

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