Birthplace of Aphrodite – Petra tou Romiou

Aphrodite was a truly unique woman in that she had neither a mother or a father but was born after a murder and the victim’s body was thrown into the sea, then from the foam arose a beautiful naked maiden and when she stepped ashore flowers bloomed and the sandy beach around her birthplace of Petra tou Romiou was said to have turned to green. The massive rock set just off the shoreline is said to have been the place where she first appeared, and the myth is portrayed in the famous painting Birth of Venus by Botticelli. Aphrodite Goddess of love and beauty pleasure and fertility was what one might describe as today as a lady of somewhat easy virtue, and her life and many lovers coupled with her popular cult has her name permanently associated with being a promoter of one of life’s more ‘lusty’ pleasures.

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