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Ancient GreekEdit

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The theonym is found in Homer and Hesiod (ca. 8th century BC). Apparently it is a compound ἀφρο-δίτη, and the traditional explanation connects the first part with ἀφρός "foam". There is no etymology generally accepted in scholarship. Some propose that the name in its entirety is a loan from a non-Greek language. An interesting fact is that the same name is found in Albanian Afërdita, a compound of afër 'near' and ditë 'day', a clear referrence to Venus or "the morning star". The relation to the Greek name though is unclear. Others propose a Greek etymology. The latter usually connect the -δίτη with the verb δέατο, "(to shine,) to appear, seem" (Homeric δῆλος "visible, conspicuous, clear") and interpret the name as originating as a title of the dawn goddess.


Proper nounEdit

Ἀφροδίτη (Aphrodítē) (genitive Ἀφροδίτης); f, first declension

  1. Aphrodite


Derived termsEdit



  • p. 1001 in S. C. Woodhouse’s English-Greek Dictionary: A Vocabulary of the Attic Language. Routledge & Kegan Paul Limited. 1950.