Blood and Roses: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Aphrodite - Call for Submissions
Bibliotheca Alexandrina is seeking submissions for Blood of Roses: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Aphrodite. Misunderstood and misrepresented in the modern world as a bubble-headed Goddess of lust and love, Aphrodite is much, much more — as her devotees both ancient and modern can attest.
Appropriate submissions include, but are not limited to poetry, short fiction, essays, rituals, and artwork. Acceptable length is anywhere from 100-10,000 words, with the exception of poetry. Any artwork submitted should be scanned in or created at 300 dpi and sent as a .jpg or .tif file. Suggestions for topics include:
— Her role as Goddess of love, lust, procreation, beauty, grace, pleasure, merriment, and war; and the works of art (especially love poetry) based on these;
— discussion of her multiple birth narratives, their significance, and Her relationship with the islands of Cythera/Kythera and Cyprus;
— her affairs with Ares, Dionysus, Hermes, Nerites, Poseidon, and Zeus; and her marriage to Hephaestus;
— her romantic relationships with Adonis and Anchises;
— her relationship with the Graces/Charites, Erotes, Horae, and Peitho (who traditionally make up Her retinue);
— the Judgement of Paris, and, by extension, Aphrodite’s relationships with Athena and Hera;
— her role in the Trojan War; her favoritism of Paris, Helen, and her son Aeneas; and her wounding in battle;
— the myth of Hippomenes and Atalanta, and her role in assisting the former with her golden apples;
— the death of Hippolytus, and Aphrodite’s role in his death; and, by extension, Her relationship with Artemis;
— the Goddess’ place in the myth of Pygmalion and Galatea;
— the Goddess’ role in the myth of Eros and Psyche;
— her connection/comparison with Deities from other pantheons, most especially Venus; but also Freyja, Oshun, Astarte, Ishtar, Inanna, and Isis;...( list continues )...
— accounts of ancient and modern personal devotional practices and offerings;
— discussion of ancient and modern sacred sites;
— translations of ancient hymns and poems;
— artwork; and
— recipes inspired by or used as offerings to Aphrodite.
All works must be original. No plagiarism! Scholarly articles must provide proper citation for all sources in the form of a bibliography, and in-text citations or endnotes. Previously publishe