APHRODITE was the great Olympian goddess of pleasure, joy, beauty, love and procreation.
This page describes the goddess' sexual liaisons with various gods. Although she was paired with half of the Olympians by poets through centuries, only the story of her marriage to Hephaistos and adulterous affair with the god Ares is elaborated upon in any detail. The rest were mostly genealogical pairings. In classical art and literature she was almost always paired with Ares.
ARES was the great Olympian god of war, battlelust and manliness.
He had a number of lovers in mythology, although most of these appear only in the ancient genealogies with no accompanying story.
The most significant of his love stories is the famous tale of his affair with the goddess Aphrodite, first described by Homer in the Iliad and Odyssey, and expanded upon by later writers. The couple were also frequently paired together in ancient art: from archaic paintings and reliefs of the gods of Olympos to Roman mosaic scenes.
HEPHAISTOS was the great Olympian god of fire, metalworking, building and the fine arts.
He had a short list of lovers in myth, although most of these appear only in the ancient genealogies with no accompanying story
The two most famous of the Hephaistos "love" stories were the winning of Aphrodite and her subsequent adulterous affair, and his attempted rape of the goddess Athene, which seeded the earth and produced a boy named Erikhthonios.