1388 Aphrodite

This minor planet is named after Aphrodite, the goddess of love and sexuality from Greek mythology. Her Roman counterpart is Venus, and she is the unhappy wife of Hephaestus. Depending on the writer, Aphrodite is either the daughter of Zeus and Dione, or the result of Uranus' castration at the hands of Cronus, an event which involves her springing forth fully grown from the sea, and which gives a new perspective to the true unfortunate nature of sea foam.

Cultic worship of this goddess has a lineage that connects back to the Phoenician goddess Astarte, the East Semitic goddess Ishtar, and the Sumerian goddess Inanna.

The symbol of this minor planet is simply the symbol for Venus with an asteroidal star in the circle.

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