Venus (mythology)

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Venus (mythology) in mythology is the Roman goddess whose functions encompassed love, beauty, sex, fertility and prosperity. In Roman mythology, she was the mother of the Roman people through her son, Aeneas, who survived the fall of Troy and fled to Italy. Julius Caesar claimed her as his ancestor. Venus was central to many religious festivals, and was venerated in Roman religion under numerous cult titles.


CONTENT : A - F , G - L , M - R , S - Z , See also , External links

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A - F[edit]

Fair Venus shines
Even in the eye of day; with sweetest beam... - Anna Letitia Barbauld.
When archaeologists discover the missing arms of Venus de Milo, they will find she was wearing boxing gloves.
Hey, Venus, I have two words for you, Aphrodite said.
Venus hesitated and glanced over her shoulder at her ex-roommate. Aphrodite smiled her best mean-bitch sneer and said, 'Re. Bound.' She paused and gave a bithy smirk and then said, 'Good luck with that.' - P.C. Cast
  • Hey, Venus, I have two words for you, Aphrodite said.
    Venus hesitated and glanced over her shoulder at her ex-roommate. Aphrodite smiled her best mean-bitch sneer and said, 'Re. Bound.' She paused and gave a bithy smirk and then said, 'Good luck with that.'
  • I wol yow telle, as was me taught also,
    The foure spirites and the bodies sevene,
    By ordre, as ofte I herde my lord hem nevene.
    The firste spirit quiksilver called is,
    The seconde orpyment, the thridde, ywis,
    Sal armonyak, and the firthe brimstoon.
    The bodys sevene eek, lo! hem heer anoon:
    Sol gold is, and [[w:Moon|Luna silver we threpe,
    Mars iren, Mercurie quyksilver we clepe,
    Saturnus leed, and Jupiter is tyn,
    And Venus coper, by my fader kyn!

G - L[edit]

The great beauty and striking presence of Venus led to an association by the Greeks with Aphrodite, goddess of beauty and love. Inanna, Ishtar, Astarte and Venus are other names given to variations of this goddess in Western history, all associated with the planet... - Robert Hunter.
  • Aeneas' mother is a star?
    No; a goddess.
    I said cautiously, "Venus is the power that we invoke in spring, in the garden, when things begin growing. And we call the evening star Venus."
    He thought it over. Perhaps having grown up in the country, among pagans like me, helped him understand my bewilderment. "So do we, he said. "But Venus also became more...With the help of the Greeks. They call her Aphrodite"...There was a great poet who praised her in Latin. Delight of men and gods, he called her, dear nurturer. Under the sliding star signs she fills the ship-laden sea and the fruitful earth with her being; through her the generations are conceived and rise up to see the sun; from her the storm clouds flee; to her the earth, the skillful maker, offers flowers. The wide levels of the sea smile at her, and all the quiet sky shines and streams with light...br>It was the Venus I had prayed to, it was my prayer, though I had no such words. They filled my eyes with tears and my heart with inexpressible joy.
...Her Face
Enchants all those whom once She doth embrace,
Nor is ther any can Her bewty prize
But he who hath beheld her with his Eyes:
Those following Leaves display, if well observed,
How she long Her Maydenhead preserved,
How for sound prudence She still bore the Bell;
Whence may be drawn this high-fetchd parallel,
Venus and Venice are Great Queens in their degree,
Venus is Queen of Love, Venice of Policie. - James Howell.
  • Could any State on Earth Immortal be,
    Venice by Her rare Government is She;
    Venice Great Neptunes Minion, still a Mayd,
    Though by the warrlikst Potentats assayed;
    Yet She retaines Her Virgin-waters pure,
    Nor any Forren mixtures can endure;
    Though, Syren-like on Shore and Sea, Her Face
    Enchants all those whom once She doth embrace,
    Nor is ther any can Her bewty prize
    But he who hath beheld her with his Eyes:
    Those following Leaves display, if well observed,
    How she long Her Maydenhead preserved,
    How for sound prudence She still bore the Bell;
    Whence may be drawn this high-fetchd parallel,
    Venus and Venice are Great Queens in their degree,
    Venus is Queen of Love, Venice of Policie.
As long as Venus remained an object of distant observation in our sky, there was no way to be sure, and science fiction writers were free to populate Venus with ocean-dwelling beasts and evil dictators (news of the problematical microwaves was first published the same year that Zsa Zsa was thrilling audiences with her Venusian antics). - Robert Hunter.
  • Nowhere in recorded history has an awareness of the short-and long-term Earth-sky polyrhythrns been as advanced and integrated into cultural life as in the knowledge and beliefs of the ancient Mesoamericans, and in particular the classic Maya of Central America, who flourished between AD 300 and 900. Maya felt that we owed our existence to Venus who they called Kukulcan and their astronomer-priests repaid the debt with the blood of human sacrifice. Unfortunately, almost everything we know about the Maya’s sophisticated and complex system of Venus observations/ computations/prediction/worship comes from only four books that escaped the book-burning frenzy of the invading Christians. Included in this meticulously painted bark paper books is an abundance of astronomical information, including table of solar and lunar motions and table of Venus ephemeris, or table of motions, which is accurate for over a hundred years. The entire Mayan calendar, as were those of all Mesoamerican civilizations, was based on the 260-days Venus appearance interval. The 260-day Mayan calendar is still in use today in many areas of Guatemala. The 260-day Venus interval and the 365-day year come into phase every 18,980 days, or 53 years.
    • Robert Hunter in Terrapin Station quoted in “Venus Revealed: A New Look Below the Clouds of Our Mysterious Twin Planet”, p. 19
  • As long as Venus remained an object of distant observation in our sky, there was no way to be sure, and science fiction writers were free to populate Venus with ocean-dwelling beasts and evil dictators (news of the problematical microwaves was first published the same year that Zsa Zsa was thrilling audiences with her Venusian antics). We had to go there to demand some answers. This is where the rockets enter the story... the cold-war “space race” was on, science was along for the ride, onward to the planets.
    • Robert Hunter in Terrapin Station quoted in “Venus Revealed: A New Look Below the Clouds of Our Mysterious Twin Planet”, p. 63

M - R[edit]

Garcia: Venus has aligned with Mars, which means love is in the air and maybe we will have weekends off - Criminal Minds.

S - Z[edit]

It's nice that love comes on first thing in the evening, and goes out last in the morning. Love keeps the light on all night. Whoever thought to call it Venus ought to get full marks. We may forgive our girl for ignoring the sound at first. -Catherynne M. Valente.

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