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Venus is the Roman equivalent of the Greek goddess Aphrodite. She, in Roman mythology, was the daughter of Jupiter and Dione. Her consorts were Mars and the ill-fated Adonis; also, she was romantically linked to Anchises, King of Troy. She was the goddess of sexual love and beauty, and gardens. The Emperor Hadrian, in the second century, dedicated a sanctuary Venus on the Via Sacrain Rome, which was restored in the fourth century. She was honored in the Veneralia festival on April 1. A.G.H.


Jordan, Michael, Encyclopedia of Gods, New York, Facts On File, Inc. 1993, p. 281

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