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Aphrodite's Curse: A Short Story

Aphrodite's Curse: A Short Story

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Aphrodite's Curse: A Short Story

47 Seiten
33 Minuten
Aug 26, 2012


Aphrodite’s Curse is about a dynasty’s fall from grace, unrequited love and retribution.

A powerful family is brought to ruin, the consequences unforeseen and irreparable. The trouble begins with King Minos who asks the gods for a bull to be sacrificed so that he may become ruler of Kretos and surrounding lands. Poseidon sends him a gift of a white bull and instead of sacrificing it, King Minos keeps it. Poseidon is angry by his supplicant’s actions and as punishment glamour’s the king’s wife, Pasiphae to lust after the bull.

The story is told by Phaedra, Theseus’ wife, who witnesses first-hand, the rise and fall of her family. She grows up in a privileged environment, a princess and daughter of King Minos. From a very early age she knows the power her father wields, but is also aware his actions may have precipitated the misfortunes that followed.

She reflects on the different and disturbing events from a detached perspective. Her tone can sometimes be one of a spoilt child, then at other times resigned and on occasion shows an uncanny insight. This retrospective musing comes from her sighting of Hippolytos, her husband’s son from a previous marriage. She falls in love with him and finds it difficult to contain this secret and eventually tells her nurse.

Phaedra asks for Aphrodite’s help, even builds a temple, however Hippolytos spurns her advances. Shamed by her actions and by his revulsion, she poisons herself, leaving a letter to her husband writing that Hippolytos had raped her.
The story ends with her death.

Aug 26, 2012

Über den Autor

Historical fiction novelist and a secondary teacher, Luciana Cavallaro, likes to meander between contemporary life to the realms of mythology and history. Luciana has always been interested in Mythology and Ancient History but her passion wasn’t realised until seeing the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. From then on, she was inspired to write Historical Fantasy.She has spent many lessons promoting literature and the merits of ancient history. Today, you will still find Luciana in the classroom, teaching and promoting literature. To keep up-to-date with her ramblings, ahem, that is meanderings, subscribe to her mailing list at (copy and paste link into your browser)

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1. Land of the Labyrinth

2. The Athenian Tribute

3. The Child Beast

4. Treachery

5. The Demise

6. The Alliance

7. The Curse

8. The Proposal

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‘I am powerful and not without a name among mortals

And within the heavens. I am called the goddess Cypris

Of those who dwell within Pontus

And the boundaries of Atlas and see the light of the sun,

I treat well those who revere my power,

But I trip up those who are proud towards me.’

Aphrodite’s opening first lines in Euripides’ play Hippolytos



Yes, I am talking to you. Did you not discover my letter? This epistle was intended for my husband Theseus but my nurse-maid suggested I should hide the writings in a secure location until someone, such as you, could read the truth of my fate. You see I have been condemned in this life by circumstance: the first, because of my family and the second, by the Goddess of Love.

I was not aware at the time that this forbidden love, such excruciating yearnings I had for a beautiful youth, would be the cause of my death. This youth not only scorned my offerings of pleasure, but hurt me with words of loathing. I had no other option but to wreak vengeance in the only way I knew how. Life is such a tenuous thing, but even more so when the gods set in motion a series of events, which may culminate into tragedy. This has been the fate of my family. My father was once a powerful king, who ruled the islands of the Aegean and, in a moment of greed, failed

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