Aphrodite is based on the older Sumerian goddess Inanna (who is associated with the lioness). Inanna is not the coy Venus on the halfshell, but a fertility goddess bombshell. Figurines depict her grabbing her breasts, with hips for days. There's even some sexy love poetry between Inanna and her husband, the god Dumuzid (aka Tammuz, later Aphrodite's beau Adonis). She's the "Queen of Heaven" mentioned in the Bible, and (along with her sister Ereshkigal, goddess of the underworld) a basis for the Persephone myth. She may have also been a basis for Athena, and the cult of Inanna/Ishtar lasted well into the Christian era.
This was made for the Aphrodite weekly challenge but didn't make it in somehow. So it goes.
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