Aphrodite stands naked on a cockle shell in the sea following her birth, attended by the twin winged love gods Eros and Himeros. Other Erotes fish in the sea.
Mosaic, Bardo Museum, Tunis, Tunisia.

Aphrodite stands naked on a cockle shell in the sea following her birth, attended by the twin winged love gods Eros and Himeros. Other Erotes fish in the sea.

Mosaic, Bardo Museum, Tunis, Tunisia.

The Dioskouroi twins (only one shown in this image) seize the maiden Leukippides, carrying them off by force to be their brides. The goddesses Aphrodite, seated on an altar, and Peitho (seductive persuasion) attend the scene. Peitho flees when persuasion is replaced by force.
Attic Red Figure, ca 420 - 410 BC, British Museum, London, United Kingdom.

The Dioskouroi twins (only one shown in this image) seize the maiden Leukippides, carrying them off by force to be their brides. The goddesses Aphrodite, seated on an altar, and Peitho (seductive persuasion) attend the scene. Peitho flees when persuasion is replaced by force.

Attic Red Figure, ca 420 - 410 BC, British Museum, London, United Kingdom.

Aphrodite drives a chariot drawn by two Erotes (winged love gods): Pothos (Sexual longing) and Hedylogos (Sweet talk).
Attic Red Figure, ca 450 - 400 BC, British Museum, London, United Kingdom.

Aphrodite drives a chariot drawn by two Erotes (winged love gods): Pothos (Sexual longing) and Hedylogos (Sweet talk).

Attic Red Figure, ca 450 - 400 BC, British Museum, London, United Kingdom.

Detail of Aphrodite, Adonis and Eros from a painting depicting the retinue of the goddess.
Attic Red Figure, ca 450 - 400 BC, Museo Archeologico Etrusco, Florence, Italy.

Detail of Aphrodite, Adonis and Eros from a painting depicting the retinue of the goddess.

Attic Red Figure, ca 450 - 400 BC, Museo Archeologico Etrusco, Florence, Italy.

Detail of three of the younger Kharites - Eudaimonia (Happiness), Harmonia (Harmony) and Paidia (Play) - , from a painting depicting the retinue of the goddess Aphrodite.
Attic Red Figure, ca 450 - 400 BC, Museo Archeologico Etrusco, Florence, Italy.

Detail of three of the younger Kharites - Eudaimonia (Happiness), Harmonia (Harmony) and Paidia (Play) - , from a painting depicting the retinue of the goddess Aphrodite.

Attic Red Figure, ca 450 - 400 BC, Museo Archeologico Etrusco, Florence, Italy.

The goddess Aphrodite is seated in a garden beside her love, the youth Adonis (far right). She is attended by a company of three Kharites (Graces) and six Erotes (winged love gods). One of the latter has stuck his head inside a hive and is being attacked by the bees. A goddess named Karpoikis (Lady of the Fruits), probably the same as the Hora Karpo, stands to the left of the scene holding a basket of fruit and a captive quail.
Mosaic, Church of the Virgin Mary (in situ), Madaba, Jordan.

The goddess Aphrodite is seated in a garden beside her love, the youth Adonis (far right). She is attended by a company of three Kharites (Graces) and six Erotes (winged love gods). One of the latter has stuck his head inside a hive and is being attacked by the bees. A goddess named Karpoikis (Lady of the Fruits), probably the same as the Hora Karpo, stands to the left of the scene holding a basket of fruit and a captive quail.

Mosaic, Church of the Virgin Mary (in situ), Madaba, Jordan.

Aphrodite partially disrobed and crowned with a shining halo welcomes the god Ares into her boudoir. The god is also crowned with a halo and has been stripped of his arms, which are handled by numerous winged Erotes (infant love gods). Aphrodite is attended by one of the Kharites who holds a wreath in her hand.
Mosaic, Shahba Museum, Shahba, Syria.

Aphrodite partially disrobed and crowned with a shining halo welcomes the god Ares into her boudoir. The god is also crowned with a halo and has been stripped of his arms, which are handled by numerous winged Erotes (infant love gods). Aphrodite is attended by one of the Kharites who holds a wreath in her hand.

Mosaic, Shahba Museum, Shahba, Syria.

Hephaistos rides to Olympos on the back of a donkey, led by the god Dionysos (not shown) and accompanied by Seilenoi. At the entrance to Olympos stands Aphrodite (not shown), who has been promised to the god as his bride in return for the release of Hera from the cursed throne.
Attic Black Figure, ca 570 - 560 BC, Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze, Florence, Italy.

Hephaistos rides to Olympos on the back of a donkey, led by the god Dionysos (not shown) and accompanied by Seilenoi. At the entrance to Olympos stands Aphrodite (not shown), who has been promised to the god as his bride in return for the release of Hera from the cursed throne.

Attic Black Figure, ca 570 - 560 BC, Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze, Florence, Italy.

Detail of Ares and Athene from a painting depicting the return of Hephaistos to Olympos. Ares sits dejected, for Hephaistos has returned to claim Aphrodite for his bride. The figures are labelled with their names.
Attic Black Figure, ca 570 - 560 BC, Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze, Florence, Italy.

Detail of Ares and Athene from a painting depicting the return of Hephaistos to Olympos. Ares sits dejected, for Hephaistos has returned to claim Aphrodite for his bride. The figures are labelled with their names.

Attic Black Figure, ca 570 - 560 BC, Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze, Florence, Italy.

Aphrodite is born from the sea in the heart of a cockle shell. To her left stands the herald Hermes, holding his caduceus. Eros flutters by her side, and to the right sits Poseidon with trident in hand.
Attic Red Figure, ca 370 - 360 BC, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Salonica, Italy.

Aphrodite is born from the sea in the heart of a cockle shell. To her left stands the herald Hermes, holding his caduceus. Eros flutters by her side, and to the right sits Poseidon with trident in hand.

Attic Red Figure, ca 370 - 360 BC, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Salonica, Italy.