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Venus


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.


Source:

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

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