Venus was the goddess of love in Roman religion and whose functions encompassed love, beauty, desire, sex, fertility, prosperity and victory.

Symbols: Rose
Parents: Caelus
Consort: Mars and Vulcan
Children: Cupid and Aeneas
Festivals: Veneralia
Other Names: Venus Cloacina, Venus Genetrix, Venus Victrix
Greek equivalent: Aphrodite

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Venus on seashellflanked by Cupids. House of Venus, Pompeii.

In Roman mythology, she was the ancestor of the Roman people through her son, Aeneas, who survived the fall of Troy and fled to Italy. Julius Caesar claimed her as his ancestor. Venus was central to many religious festivals and was revered in Roman religion under numerous cult titles.

Venus being seduced by Mars. Fresco from Pompeii.