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Venus emerging from the sea famously captured the imagination of painters Botticelli and Titian, but I wondered how popular this theme was in classical antiquity and before. When the ancients thought...

"The Goddess was the embodiment of shared cultural worship of the feminine divine. Gathering attributes of multiple cultures as she moved around, she was referred to by many names. To the Phoenicians she was Astarte, to the Assyrians she was Ishtar, and to the Cypriots she was Aphrodite..." from  'Flight of the Goddess' by Emma Louise Weston  - Image of Aphrodite Anadyomene on a wall fresco from Pompeii (before 79 CE)

"The Goddess was the embodiment of shared cultural worship of the feminine divine. Gathering attributes of multiple cultures as she moved around, she was referred to by many names. To the Phoenicians she was Astarte, to the Assyrians she was Ishtar, and to the Cypriots she was Aphrodite..." from 'Flight of the Goddess' by Emma Louise Weston - Image of Aphrodite Anadyomene on a wall fresco from Pompeii (before 79 CE)

Pompeii fresco of Venus seduced by Mars with Cupid and Maid, House of punished love, before 79 A.D. Museao Archeologico Nazionale, Naples

Pompeii fresco of Venus seduced by Mars with Cupid and Maid, House of punished love, before 79 A.D. Museao Archeologico Nazionale, Naples

Venus Fisica - the epithet is found only in the inscriptions of southern Italy as defined in synthrophos Greek equivalent alma; it can translate Venus Naturist (physica), also takes the name of Venus Fisica Pompeiana, the artists even paint better than the Roman occupation earned him extra honor by associating it with the Venus of Sulla.The dictator does not he gives his new settlement the title of Colonia Cornelia Veneria. House of Venus and the Four Gods, Pompei

Venus Fisica - the epithet is found only in the inscriptions of southern Italy as defined in synthrophos Greek equivalent alma; it can translate Venus Naturist (physica), also takes the name of Venus Fisica Pompeiana, the artists even paint better than the Roman occupation earned him extra honor by associating it with the Venus of Sulla.The dictator does not he gives his new settlement the title of Colonia Cornelia Veneria. House of Venus and the Four Gods, Pompei

Venus (mosaic). Roman, (3rd century AD) / Bignor Roman Villa, West Sussex, UK / Ancient Art and Architecture Collection Ltd. / The Bridgeman Art Library

Venus (mosaic). Roman, (3rd century AD) / Bignor Roman Villa, West Sussex, UK / Ancient Art and Architecture Collection Ltd. / The Bridgeman Art Library

"Hermaphrodite lifts his cloak to reveal his double sex; next to him a small Pan flees in surprise" - from the House of Meleager at Pompeii - Naples, Archaeological Museum by * Karl *, via Flickr

"Hermaphrodite lifts his cloak to reveal his double sex; next to him a small Pan flees in surprise" - from the House of Meleager at Pompeii - Naples, Archaeological Museum by * Karl *, via Flickr

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