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Kypris

by Kacie Glenn, Clarksville Middle School
Kypris was a Greek Goddess and an epithet of Aphrodite, who was said to have risen from the sea from the island of Cyprus. Aphrodite's cult came to Greece from Cyprus, where she was known as Kypris (Lady of Cyprus.)

Aphrodite was probably the Cypriot version of the great mother goddess, who was worshiped under various names almost universally around the Near and Middle East. Many primitive idols of the mother goddess (Kypris, or Aphrodite) were found in Cyprus. The Cyprian city of Paphos was the site of one of the oldest centers of her worship.


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