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ARES, APHRODITE, & A TOUCH OF SORBO
See passage on the hydra and Iolaus.
ARES: god of carnage,
son of Hera and Zeus, brother
(not uncle) of Strife (Eris) had cause
to be angry with Herakles. The hero had killed his son, Cycnus.
Not that Cycnus was his only son. Among the many children he
had were Eros, Anteros, and Harmonia by Aphrodite. Not that Ares was guiltless in his
son's bloodbath, either. Ares thrust his son in Herakles' way
and then, according to some
accounts, Ares ineptly helped his son while Athena aided Herakles.
Despite their trysts, Ares'
half-sister Aphrodite was married--to Heph
aestus, Juno's son whom she so loathed
she threw from the heavens.
Hephaestus, in addition to being lame and ugly,
was a talented craftsman who
wove a bronze net cunning enough to catch the
adulterous daughter and son of Zeus.
Small wonder they turned out faithless.
Of course, there is another account of the birth of Aphrodite:|
Cronus, father of Zeus and youngest son of Uranus,
castrated his father and threw the
severed organs into the sea.
Aphrodite sprang from the seafoam on the genitals.
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