His style was not fully within other popular modes of the time, such as Pre-Raphaelism or Neoclassicism,
and can be seen as a fusion of various methods and aesthetics of his
time, including later in life utilising post-Romantic techniques such as
lighter brushwork and softer shades.
about aphrodite, do you think she really loved hephaestus? and did he love her too?
Personally? I don’t think so on either side. This is very much open to interpretation given that myths don’t cover every detail of gods’ lives, there are things lost in translation and lost over time in general, and different people consider actions to have different meanings, but personally, I don’t believe there’s love between them.
Firstly, if Aphrodite did love Hephaestus, I don’t believe she would have cheated on him with Ares. That’s probably based off my own moral code, so take it with a grain of salt (pinch of salt? Either way, that idiom sounds terrible). Based off the myths, Aphrodite doesn’t seem to have married Hephaestus for any reason other than the fact that she was forced to do so.
Whilst, I know that there are various readings of the myths, and some people believe that she did love him, regardless of his appearance, personally I don’t take that stance. The gods, in general, are constantly depicted as incredibly petty and vain, and I don’t personally think Aphrodite is above that. Honestly though? I think that’s okay. Its not like the marriage was her idea - it was essentially forced upon her, and therefore she doesn’t have to love him.
Of Hephaestus, I’m more uncertain. I believe myths have depicted him as truly trying to please his wife, so there may have been some degree of love. On the other hand, that could have been many things: lust, some twisted form of worship, romanticism of the idea of Aphrodite and what she stands for, etc. However, nonetheless, I do believe by the time he sprung the net on Aphrodite and Ares, he carried some resentment.
I think that’s a perfectly reasonable response given his ‘childhood’ and environment - thrown off the mountain by either his mother or father, mocked for his appearance, essentially ‘given’ the most beautiful goddess but then had her cheat on him with Ares… anyone would carry some bitterness after a while, and hence I do believe he’s been jaded by the relationship (or lack thereof). Whether he loved her at the stage in the myths is debatable.
Now, if one looks past the myths to see where it could develop, that’s where it could get interesting. There’s always the potential for at least to fall in love with the other, but at the same time, I can see some resentment remaining on either side. Aphrodite for being forced to marry someone she didn’t believe she could love, and Hephaestus with constantly being pushed aside. It’s entirely possible that they fall in love somewhere along the line, but it’s also possible that they don’t as well. I’ve said this before, and I’ll probably say this until the end of all days: different people interpret situations differently.
aphrodite and persephone sit together
pressed too close their breath mingling
eyes shining what is love
persephone asks and aphrodite chokes on her tongue
love to her has always meant sunlight and a dark haired girl with red lips and wild eyes who sits
pressed too close
love is her hands as she dances in the sand by the shore
her feet that kick up the surf when she spins and laughs with pure joy
aphrodite says love is soft and pink and flutters like the heart of a dove
when love has always meant blood and shark teeth and firelight
persephone nods because aphrodite just described herself and persephone loves her fawnsoft hands and hair like gold and the way her smile starts just at the corners and then spreads
a flower blooming
when persephone is lead in by hades silver tongue and spider traps aphrodite watches and feels her dove heart die a tiny sobbing death
persephone returns yes
but aphrodite says what is love
and she answers it is roots and darkness and the taste of pomegranates
because she has a husband now and it won’t do to live in silly childhood fantasy dreaming of kissing the inside your best friends wrist just to know the taste of her skin
aphrodite nods because persephone has a husband now and it won’t do to wonder what your best friend feels like pressed to every inch of your body or what it would feel like to press yourself to every inch of hers
she worries what she would do if persephone still tasted like pomegranates
the worst tragedy is a goddess made of love who’s heart is broken
Who do you think is worse? Poseidon or Zeus? Lexi please
Okay, so let’s analyse the two’s behaviours by myths that I know. With the phrasing of this question, I’m going to analyse basically the ‘negative’ things they did - none of the positives - and possible justifications if I can think of any
Asteria was a Titan goddess, daughter of the Titans Coeus and Phoebe, and sister of Leto. She was married to the Titan Perses, and had a daughter, Hecate.
Zeus pursued her, but Asteria instead turned into a quail and fell into the Aegean to escape. As a result, she transformed into Ortygia, the quail island, which was later linked to the island of Delos.
A smooth smile graces their lips, lashes flutter, and eyes glint with a special type of knowing. Even before silken words drip from their mouths their audience feels compelled to follow. Perhaps it is the way they move their bodies, graceful and arresting, a sensual aura surrounding their entire being. ‘No’ is rarely heard by these demigods, they know how to tempt and tease.