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Title: Aphrodite. Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World.
Author(s): Monica S. Cyrino
Publisher: London/New York:  Routledge
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 0415775221
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From the Bryn Mawr Classic Review:
For the last few years, Greek gods seem to have been a fashionable issue, more so than during a large part of the previous century, when most scholars prioritized ritual above the divine or heroic addressees. Such a trend has been recently highlighted by Jan N. Bremmer in the introduction to a collection of essays jointly edited with Andrew Erskine: The Gods of Ancient Greece. Identities and Transformations.1 In the book’s first essay, Albert Henrichs asks the question ‘What is a Greek god?’ and he refers to the Routledge series “Gods and heroes of the ancient world” in a footnote. Since the “Aphrodite” under review here has been published in this series, Henrichs’ brief critical remarks need to be addressed before assessing the new “Aphrodite”. I will also take this opportunity to set out the methodological background of the present review.

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Aphrodite explores the many myths and meanings of the Greek goddess of love, sex and beauty. One of the most widely worshipped and popular deities in Greek antiquity, Aphrodite emerges from the imaginations of the ancient Greek writers and artists as a multifaceted, powerful and charismatic figure. This volume explores the importance of Aphrodite for the ancient Greeks, as well as her enduring influence as a symbol of beauty, adornment, love and sexuality in contemporary culture. In a wide-ranging investigation of the universality of Aphrodite’s power and significance, this volume illuminates the numerous intricate levels of divinity embodied by the alluring figure of Aphrodite.

Aphrodite offers new insights into the ancient texts and artistic representations of the goddess, as well as a comprehensive survey of the current scholarship about the origins and interpretations of Aphrodite, whilst also highlighting her eternal popular appeal across cultures and generations. A goddess of love who is not afraid to enter the battlefield; a goddess of bodily adornment who is the first to appear totally nude; a goddess born of the sea who emerges into the open sky: Aphrodite is a polyvalent deity, plural in nature, function and significance.

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