aphrodite (af-ruh-dahy-tee) Aphrodite was the goddess of love, beauty, and sexuality. She rose from the sea after Uranusâ€™ genitals were thrown into it â€”true story. Her dad, Zeus, pawned her off on strong Hephaestus to avoid war between other gods out of sheer jealousy. TODAY Hide your husband (or wife) from this one. She will flirt with anyone she can to practice her social charm, blaming alcohol for loosening her lips (or bra clasp).