Aphrodite & Peitho

AphroditeSunThis Aphrodite who is the figure on the right holding a myrtle in her left hand is depicted on an Apulian red figure Krater (a bowl used to mix water with wine in ancient Greece) It is from the Late Classical / Early Hellenistic (4th century BC) period.  it is owned by the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas, USA

Aphrodite and her attendant are pictured in a the story of the love of Endymion and Selene. The figure of Aphrodite, holding a myrtle wreath in her hand, is labeled on the vase. Her companion is probably Peitho (Persuasion), who usually appears beside the goddess in these scenes. Selene, a Titan associated with the moon, fell in love with Endymion, a handsome Aeolian youth. She asked Aphrodite to make Endymion immortal. Aphrodite did so while he was asleep. Selene liked his looks so much while he slept that he was left in an eternal sleep. Tomorrow, Another Aphrodite


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