Aphrodite II - Aphrodite II Aphrodite II OUTLINE Heavenly...

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Aphrodite II 11/10/2007 09:59:00 Aphrodite II OUTLINE Heavenly Aphrodite (anthropomorphic goddess) Prayers and Spells “Physical” Aphrodite (as natural force or impulse) Nature and Desire The Inner Aphrodite (Platonic “myth” about first race of people) The Origin of Love 1. Heavenly Aphrodite Sappho From Lesbos (7 th /6 th  century), female poet, thought to have taught girls and to  have committed suicide for love The poem “Hymn to Aphrodite” is modeled on religious hymns sung in honor of  the goddess Begins with an Invocation to the god (using various epithets) and a brief  statement of the request  The poet mentions the goddess’ previous aid The poet then concludes by rephrasing the request  The content of the hymn:  Immortal daughter of Zeus, weaver of snares = invocation bring no pain = request You have helped before = reference to historical precedent for help Be my ally now = new request  (like an ally in war, with a chariot) Make my beloved love me = exact details
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Another way to gain Aphrodite’s aid =  Ingredients for a Magic pills (offered to the Star of Venus) Dove’s blood (appropriate for Aphrodite as her bird)
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