TX: inscribed with pencil at upper left in ancient Greek by Megakles Rogakos <ΥΜΝΟΣ ΕΙΣ ΑΦΡΟΔΙΤΗΝ / ΚΥΠΡΟΓΕΝΗ ΚΥΘΕΡΕΙΑΝ ΑΕΙΣΟΜΑΙ Η ΤΕ ΒΡΟΤΙΣΙ / ΜΕΙΛΙΧΑ ΔΩΡΑ ΔΙΔΩΣΙΝ, ΕΦ' ΙΜΕΡΤΩ ΔΕ ΠΡΟΣΩΠΩ / ΑΙΕΙ ΜΕΙΔΙΑΕΙ ΚΑΙ ΕΦ' ΙΜΕΡΤΟΝ ΘΕΕΙ ΑΝΘΟΣ. / ΧΑΙΡΕ ΘΕΑ ΣΑΛΑΜΙΝΟΣ ΕΫΚΤΙΜΕΝΗΣ ΜΕΔΕΟΥΣΑ / ΕΙΝΑΛΙΗΣ ΤΕ ΚΥΠΡΟΥ· ΔΟΣ Δ' ΙΜΕΡΟΕΣΣΑΝ ΑΟΙΔΗΝ. / ΑΥΤΑΡ ΕΓΩ ΚΑΙ ΣΕΙΟ ΚΑΙ ΑΛΛΗΣ ΜΝΗΣΟΜ' ΑΟΙΔΗΣ.>, inscribed at lower right in English <Aphrodite>, signed <M.Noda 08>
CM: Aphrodite was the great Olympian goddess of beauty, love, pleasure and and procreation. She was depicted as a beautiful woman usually accompanied by the winged godling Eros (love). Her attributes included a dove, apple, scallop shell and mirror. In classical sculpture and fresco she was often depicted nude. The Olympic hymn to Aphrodite reads as follows: "I will praise the Cyprus-born goddess of Cythera who endows the mortals / with sweet gifts, and her beloved face / always smiles and emits an erotic splendor. / Hail queen of beautiful Salamis / and of Cyprus of the sea· give me inspiration fro the desirous song. / I however will glorify you with yet another song."