Beautiful and enchanting, she was frequently depicted nude, as a symmetrically perfect maiden, infinitely desirable and as infinitely out of reach.
She was sometimes represented alongside Eros and with some of her major attributes and symbols: a magical girdle and a shell, a dove or a sparrow, roses, and myrtles.
Helios, however, saw them and informed Hephaestus, after which the cuckolded god made sure to devise a fine bronze net, which ensnared the couple the next time they lay together in bed.
To add insult to injury, Hephaestus called upon all the other gods to laugh at the adulterers and freed them only after Poseidon agreed to pay for their release. He couldn’t have known that when Poseidon saw Aphrodite naked, he fell in love with her all over again.
Portrayed as both insatiable and unattainable, Aphrodite was born near the coast of Cythera out of the foam () Uranus' castrated genitals created when they fell into the sea.
Even though married to Hephaestus, she had affairs with all Olympians except Zeus and Hades, most famously with Ares, the god of war.
He must have found out later, since Aphrodite gave Poseidon at least one daughter, Rhode. In fact, after the bronze net scandal, she bore the god of war as many as eight children: Deimos, Phobos, Harmonia, Adrestia and the four Erotes (Eros, Anteros, Pothos, and Himeros).
Hermes didn’t have many consorts, but he did have Aphrodite at least once, as the very name of their offspring, Hermaphrodites, suggests.
Of course, this merely alleviated the problem: Aphrodite didn’t plan to remain faithful.
So, she started an affair with someone as destructive and as violent as herself: Ares.