Essay by MimbyHigh School, 10th gradeA+, March 1997

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Bullfinch once said "Mythology is the handmaid of literature...". That means that

mythology is necessarily subservient or subordinate to literature. I personally think that

is not true. Let me introduce myself. My name is Aphrodite, goddess of beauty and

sexual desire. Mythology is important and interesting . In fact, I think I may be the most

interesting of all the gods. Well, at least the most beautiful. In this auto biographical

paper I will reveal to you who I am, how I relate to mythology, and a famous story about


Let me start with my birth. Many think I was born out of murder. They say that

when Cronos butchered his father he flung the dismembered body into the sea, where it

floated spouting blood and foam. From the foam rose me, a tall beautiful maiden with

long blond hair the color of daffodils. Other legends say that I am the daughter of Cronos

and Rheia or Jupiter and Dionne.

I am married to Hephaestus, god of fire and metal

work. Shortly after birth my poor husband was cast out of Olympus because of his

deformities. My son is the famous arrow shooting Cupid. We are almost always together

and Cupid is always shooting darts of desire in to the bosoms of Gods and men. I hate to

admit it but in a way I am responsible for the Trojan War. One day Discord threw an

apple on to Olympus to be given to the most beautiful goddess. Hera, Athene, and I all

tried to claim the title. Each of us tried to persaude the judge, Paris, in our favor. Hera

told him he would be a powerful ruler, Athene promised him that he would receive great

military fame, and I guaranteed him Helen of Troy's hand...