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Venus (or Aphrodite in Greek myth) was the Goddess of Love and Beauty in Greco-Roman mythology. She is also one of the Twelve Olympians.  She is the wife of Vulcan (Hephaestus), sometimes depicted as the daughter of Jupiter (Zeus) and at other times, she is said to have spontaneously sprung from the remains of a Titan.  She is the mother of Eros (Cupid) and Aeneas. She was also the lover of Mars (Ares) and Adonis.

Public domain literary appearances

  • Iliad (poem), by Homer, ca. 760–710 BC.
  • Theogony (poem), by Hesiod, ca. 700 BC.
  • Tannhäuser (opera), by Richard Wagner, 1845.
  • Ancient Manners (Aphrodite: Mœurs antiques), by Pierre Louÿs, 1896. (Internet Archive)
  • Aphrodite (musical), libretto by Louis de Gramont, music by Camille Erlanger, 1906. (Internet Archive)
  • Aphrodite (opera), libretto by Hans Liebstoeckl, music by Max von Oberleithner, 1912.

Public Domain Comic Appearances

  • National Comics #32: Zeus looks to Venus to entertain the Gods while the humans wage their World War.
  • Boy Comics #10: As World War II rages, the other gods find themselves powerless as Mars gains in might. Yankee Longago helps Venus make people fall in love again.

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