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APHRODÍTI: THE EPITHETS

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EPITHETS OF APHRODÍTI

This extensive list of titles of the Goddess Aphrodíti (Aphrodite; Gr. Ἀφροδίτη) includes all of the epithets found in Orphic Hymn 55 and many, many more gathered from numerous sources. The transliteration method used in this list is Reuchlinian and unique to this website where the emphasis is primarily on pronunciation, but to avoid confusion there are separate entries using the more familiar Erasmian spellings found in English and American universities. 

Ælikovlǽpharos - (Elikoblepharus; Gr. ἑλικοβλέφαρος, ΕΛΙΚΟΒΛΕΦΑΡΟΣ) she with the fluttering eyelids, i.e. coquettish.

Æratoplókamos - (eratoplocamus; Gr. ἐρατοπλόκαμος, ΕΡΑΤΟΠΛΟΚΑΜΟΣ) she who has lovely locks of hair.

Ærohtotróphos - (erototrophus; Gr. ἐρωτοτρόφος, ΕΡΩΤΟΤΡΟΦΟΣ) nurse or mother of love.

Anadyomǽni - (anadyomene; Gr. ἀναδυομένη, ΑΝΑΔΥΟΜΕΝΗ) she who has risen from the sea.

Ánassa - (Gr. ἄνασσα, ΑΝΑΣΣΑ) queen. (Orphic hymn 55.24)

Aphrogenia - See Aphroyǽneia.

Aphroyǽneia - (aphrogenia; Gr. ἀφρογένεια, ΑΦΡΟΓΕΝΕΙΑ) foam-born, i.e. of the semen of Ouranόs as his genitals were cast into the sea.

Basileia - See Vasíleia.

Biodotis - See Viodóhtis.

Callipygos - See Kallípygos.

Charidotes - See Kharidóhtis.

Cleiduchos – See Kleidoukhos.

Curotrophus - See Kourotróphos.

Cypris - See Kýpris.

Cyprogenes - See Kyproyænǽs.

Éfkarpos - (eucarpos; Gr. εὔκαρπος, ΕΥΚΑΡΠΟΣ) fruitful.

Efpatǽreia - (eupatereia; Gr. εὐπατέρεια, ΕΥΠΑΤΕΡΕΙΑ. Noun.) daughter of a noble father. (Orphic hymn 55.10)

Efstǽphanos - (eustephanus; Gr. εὐστέφανος, ΕΥΣΤΕΦΑΝΟΣ) well-crowned or well-girdled.

Elicoblepharus - See Ælikovlǽpharos.

Eratoplocamus - See Æratoplókamos.

Erototrophus - See Ærohtotróphos.

Eucarpos - See Éfkarpos.

Eupatereia - See Efpatǽreia.

Eustephanus - See Efstǽphanos.

Geneteira - See Yænǽteira.

Gennodoteira - See Yænnodóteira.

Kallípygos - (callipygos; Gr. καλλίπυγος, ΚΑΛΛΙΠΥΓΟΣ) she with the beautiful buttocks (πυγή).

Kharidóhtis - (charidotes; Gr. χαριδώτης, ΧΑΡΙΔΩΤΙΣ. Noun.) giver of joy. (Orphic Hymn 55.9).

Kleidoukhos - (cleiduchos; Gr. κλείδουχος, ΚΛΕΙΔΟΥΧΟΣ) she who holds the keys.

Kourotróphos - (courotrophus; Gr. κουροτρόφος, ΚΟΥΡΟΤΡΟΦΟΣ) nurturer of children.

Krýphios - (cryphius; Gr. κρύφιος, ΚΡΥΦΙΟΣ. fem./masc. nom. Adj.) hiddenconcealedoccult, secretive. (Orphic Hymn 55.9)

Kýpris - (Cypris; Gr. Κύπρις, ΚΥΠΡΙΣ) Aphrodíti is called Kýpris for, as told in the mythology, she was born from the foam which formed when the genitals of Ouranós (Uranus; Gr. Οὐρανός) fell into the sea off the shore of the island of Kýpros (Cyprus; Gr. Κύπρος).

Kyproyænǽs - (Cyprogenes; Gr. Κυπρογενὲς, ΚΥΠΡΟΓΕΝΕΣ) In Orphic hymn 55.15, Aphrodíti is called Kyproyænǽs, born off the shores of Kýpros (Cyprus; Gr. Κύπρος) for, as told in the mythology, she emerged from the foam which formed when the genitals of Ouranós (Uranus; Gr. Οὐρανός) fell into the sea off the shore of the island.

Lucaina - See Lýkaina.

Lýkaina - (lucaina; Gr. λύκαινα, ΛΥΚΑΙΝΑ. Noun.) she-wolf. (Orphic hymn 55.11)

Macaera - See Mákaira.

Mákaira - (macaera; Gr. μάκαιρα, ΜΑΚΑΙΡΑ) blessed. (Orphic hymn 55.26)

Mother of the Ǽrohtæs - (Erotes; Gr. Ἔρωτες) (Orphic hymn 55.8).

Origin of All - (Orphic hymn 55.5).

Ouranía - (Urania; Gr. Οὐρανία, ΟΥΡΑΝΙΑ) In Orphic hymn 55.1, Aphrodíti is called Ouraníaof the Sky, of Ouranós (Uranus; Gr. Οὐρανός). She is depicted in the mythology as emerging from the foam which resulted when the genitals of Ouranós fell into the sea and it refers to her mystic ability to harmonize the soul. This in contradistinction to pándimos (the common or popular) Aphrodíti. Cf. Pándimos.

Pandemia - See Pándimos.

Pandemos - See Pándimos.

Pándimos - (pandemus, pandemia; Gr. Πάνδημος, ΠΑΝΔΗΜΟΣ) the popular, the common. Pándimos Aphrodíti is portrayed in the mythology as emerging from the semen of Zefs (Zeus; Gr. Ζεύς) after it fell into the sea as he attempted to seduce Dióhni (Dione; Gr. Διώνη); this aspect of Aphrodíti expressive of her great power over the affections of all people. It refers to her as having dominion over the sexual unions of mortals. This in contradistinction to Ouranía (the heavenly, of the sky) Aphrodíti. Cf. Ouranía.

Peithóh - (peitho; Gr. πειθώ, ΠΕΙΘΩ. Proper name.) the Goddess of persuasion and seduction. (Orphic Hymn 55.9)

Phílandros - (Gr. φίλανδρος, ΦΙΛΑΝΔΡΟΣ. Adj.) man-loving. (Orphic Hymn 55.12)

Philommeidís - (philommeides; Gr. φιλομμειδὴς, ΦΙΛΟΜΜΕΙΔΗΣ. Adj.) laughter-loving. (Orphic hymn 55.1)

Philopánnykhos - (Gr. φιλοπάννυχος, ΦΙΛΟΠΑΝΝΥΧΟΣ. Adj. Etym. φιλο "friend" + πάννυχος "all night long.") friend of all-night festivity. (Orphic hymn 55.2) Rather than referring to religious festivals, this epithet refers to her friendliness toward the seductive liaisons which occur late into the evening hours.

Polyhymnus - See Polýÿmnos.

Polytímitos - (polytimetus; Gr. πολυτίμητος, ΠΟΛΥΤΙΜΗΤΟΣ) highly honoured.

Polýÿmnos - (polyhymnus; Gr. πολύυμνος, ΠΟΛΥΥΜΝΟΣ. Adj. Pronounced: poh-LEE-eem-nohs) celebrated in many hymns. (Orphic hymn 55.1)

Potheinotáti - (potheinotate; Gr. ποθεινοτάτη, ΠΟΘΕΙΝΟΤΑΤΗ. Adj.) desirable. (Orphic hymn 55.12)

Pontogenes - See Pontoyænís.

Pontoyænís - (pontogenes; Gr. ποντογενής, ΠΟΝΤΟΓΕΝΗΣ. Adj.) seaborn (Orphic Hymn 55.2)

Pótnia - (Gr. πότνια, ΠΟΤΝΙΑ. Noun.) mistressqueen.

Sæmní - (semne; Gr. σεμνή, ΣΕΜΝΗ. σεμνός is masculine; σεμνή is feminine.) holyexalted. (Orphic hymn 55.2)

Sceptuchus - See Skiptoukhos.

Skiptoukhos - (sceptuchus; Gr. σκηπτοῦχος, ΣΚΗΠΤΟΥΧΟΣ) bearing a scepter (Orphic Hymn 55.11)

Sovereign of the Three-fold Fates - (Orphic hymn 55.5).

Urania – See Ouranía.

Vasíleia - (Basileia; Gr. βασίλεια, ΒΑΣΙΛΕΙΑ) Queen. (Orphic hymn 55.16)

Viodóhtis - (biodotis; Gr. βιοδῶτις, ΒΙΟΔΩΤΙΣ) giver of life. (Orphic hymn 55.12)

Yænnodóteira - (gennodoteira; Gr. γεννοδότειρα, ΓΕΝΝΟΔΟΤΕΙΡΑ) giver of heirs. (Orphic Hymn 55.12.

Yænǽteira - (geneteira; Gr. γενέτειρα, ΓΕΝΕΤΕΙΡΑ. Noun and adj.) birth-giver or mother. (Orphic hymn 55.2)

Zéfkteira - (zeukteira; Gr. ζεύκτειρα, ΖΕΥΚΤΕΙΡΑ. Noun. Fem. of ζευκτήρ.) she who causes mortals to yoke (to have sex, to propagate). (Orphic hymn 55.3)

Zerynthia - See Zirýnthia.

Zeukteira - See Zéfkteira.



The story of the birth of the GodsOrphic Rhapsodic Theogony.
We know the various qualities and characteristics of the Gods based on metaphorical stories: Mythology
Dictionary of terms related to ancient Greek mythology: Glossary of Hellenic Mythology.

Introduction to the Thæí (the Gods): The Nature of the Gods.
How do we know there are Gods? Experiencing Gods.



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The story of the birth of the Gods: Orphic Rhapsodic Theogony.
We know the various qualities and characteristics of the Gods based on metaphorical stories: Mythology
Dictionary of terms related to ancient Greek mythology: Glossary of Hellenic Mythology.


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