Greek legend says that a beautiful goddess emerged naked from the depths of the Mediterranean Sea near the island of Cyprus. She was born from sea foam, hence her name, Aphrodite. In ancient Greek, the word for “foam” is aphros.
Aphrodite was the goddess of love and beauty. Stunningly beautiful, she had long golden hair, piercing blue eyes, rosy lips, and an hourglass figure. She wore a flowing gown and carried a magical shell in her hand.
The Cypriots built a temple in her honor, and the island became a center of Aphrodite worship. Aphrodite was thought to bring blessing to the land. She quickly became a symbol of beauty, love, and fertility and is often depicted with doves and swans around her.
The island of Cyprus was the birthplace of Aphrodite and is believed to be the first place where she stepped foot on Earth.
The legend of Aphrodite is still celebrated and is an important part of the culture of Cyprus. Due to the close connection between Aphrodite and Cyprus, the island has long been associated with love and beauty. Today, Cyprus is known as the Island of Love and is a popular destination for romantic getaways.
Aphrodite’s influence can still be felt all over the island. Many festivals and customs honor the goddess. The island is home to many monuments and statues of her.
The love affair between Aphrodite and Cyprus continues.
Cyprus Activity 1
Draw and label trees for the following.
- Aphrodite was the goddess of love and beauty.
- The Cypriots built a temple in her honor, and the island became a center of Aphrodite worship.
- Many festivals and customs honor the goddess.