The Geek God: Aphrodite

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Aphrodite"The earliest Greek civilizations thrived nearly 4,000 years ago. Yet, their culture still impacts our lives today, in the arts, in philosophy, and in science, math, literature and politics. The ancient Greeks were great builders, thinkers, philosophers and military strategists (Daily Life in Ancient Greece 1)." Greek mythology has had many gods and goddess. Aphrodite known to the Romans as Venus was 1 of many gods. Know for her beauty, she was the god of love, lust and beauty. The poet Hesiod said Aphrodite was born of sea foam, Homer said she was the daughter of Zeus and Dione. Aphrodite loved and was loved by many gods and mortals (Lindemans 1).

Ancient Greece was the time period from about 750BC to 146BC (Ancient Greece 3). The ancient Greeks all spoke the same language. They believed in the same gods. They shared a common heritage. They perceived themselves as Greeks. The ancient Greeks referred to themselves, however, as citizens of their individual city-states.

Each city-state had its own personality, goals, laws and customs. Ancient Greeks were very loyal to their city-state (Daily Life in Ancient Greece 1).

In Ancient Greece everyone had jobs. Men ran the government, spent time in the fields, overseeing or working the crops, sailing, hunting or trading. Men spent a great deal of their time away from home. With the exception of ancient Sparta Greek women had very limited freedom outside the home. They ran the house and took care of the children. Until they were married Girls stayed at home and helped their mothers if needed. When young, the boys stayed at home, helping in the fields, sailing, and fishing, at age 6 or 7, they went to school. Slaves were Very important, Slaves cleaned and cooked, worked in the fields, factories, shops, in the mines,