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[370] ἐν γούνασι: cf. 6.81 f. Aphrodite prob. did not sit down in her mother's lap, but hid her face there, sinking on the floor.

Διώνης: only here in Homer. She was worshipped with Zeus and shared his temple at Dodona. Strabo vii. 329, however, says that her worship at Dodona was not original. She seems to have been another form of Hera. Aphrodite is called “Διωναία” by Theocritus, xv. 106. — Homer knows nothing of the story of Aphrodite's birth from the foam of the sea, any more than he does of Athena's springing in full armor from the head of Zeus (on 4.515).

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