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She was also often depicted with the sea, dolphins, doves, swans, pomegranates, sceptres, apples, myrtle, rose trees, lime trees, clams, scallop shells, and pearls.
Her festival, Aphrodisia, was celebrated across Greece, but particularly in Athens and Corinth.
Plato, in his Symposium 180e, asserts that these two origins actually belong to separate entities: Aphrodite Ourania (a transcendent, "Heavenly" Aphrodite) and Aphrodite Pandemos (Aphrodite common to "all the people").
Aphrodite had many other epithets, each emphasizing a different aspect of the same goddess, or used by a different local cult.
The Greek euphemism for a sacred prostitute is hierodoule, meaning "sacred slave".A number of improbable non-Greek etymologies have been suggested in scholarship.One Semitic etymology compares Aphrodite to the Assyrian barīrītu, the name of a female demon that appears in Middle Babylonian and Late Babylonian texts.Aphrodite was also the surrogate mother and lover of the mortal shepherd Adonis, who was killed by a wild boar.Along with Athena and Hera, Aphrodite was one of the three goddesses whose feud resulted in the beginning of the Trojan War.