Mythology of Kythira

kithira-mythology-01According to Hesiod’s “Theogony”, Aphrodite, goddess of love, was the daughter of Uranus and the Sea.

She was born in the sea area of Kythira and with the help of Zephyros, traveled on a large shell to Paphos in Cyprus, where she was emerged.

Homer in his epic work “Iliad” refers to her as “Kythereia goddess who feeds love”.


In Kythira was the first temple of the goddess in Greece. The temple, according to the famous archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann, was located in the mountain of Paleokastro, near Skandia and which through the centuries has experienced destruction and looting.

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