Petra tou Romiou

Petra tou Romiou

Birthplace of Aphrodite

Cyprus is renowned as the island of beauty. The “Petra tou Romiou” area is one of the most beautiful coastlines in Cyprus, where, according to mythology, Aphrodite rose from the waves. The Greek name “Petra tou Romiou” (“the Rock of the Greek”) is associated with the legendary Byzantine hero, Digenis Akritas, who, according to legend, kept the marauding Saracen Arabs (7th-10th centuries) at bay with his amazing strength. With one hand he was said to have grabbed hold of the Kyreneia mountain range thereby forming “Pentadaktylos”, the Five Finger mountain, while with the other hand he heaved a huge rock and tossed it into the sea at the Saracens who were trying to land. The rock still remains and thus gave the region its name. The site is a stop on the Aphrodite Cultural route.

Petra tou Romiou, a rock off the shore along the main road from Paphos to Limassol, has been regarded since ancient times as the birthplace of Aphrodite, goddes of love and fertility.

According to ancient tradition, Aphrodite was born from the waves on the site off the coast of Cyprus. In his Theogony (178-206), Hesiodprovides the following dramatic account of the event:

Aphrodite was then escorted ashore on a shell by the soft breezes of the Zephyrs at the rocks known as Petra tou Romiou.

This myth is, of course, most memorably depicted in Botticelli’s Birth of Venus (on display in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence). A much older rendering of the event can be seen in a fine mural at Pompeii.

Homer’s account of Aphrodite’s birth is less dramatic. He said she was the daughter of Zeus and the fresh water nymph Dione, at whose bosom she would sometimes seek solace (Iliad 5.370-417).

Petra tou Romiou means “the Rock of the Greek” and does not refer to Aphrodite but to another myth, that of the Byzantine hero Digheniswho threw the rocks at pirates to protect his lady.

It is said that in certain weather conditions, the waves rise, break and form a column of water that dissolves into a pillar of foam. With imagination, this looks for just a moment like an ephemeral, evanescent human shape.

There is a long narrow pebbly beach at Petra tou Romiou that extends to either side of the largest rock and its satellites.

 

Petra tou Romiou

Petra tou Romiou

 

 

   LATEST ARTICLES

Brexit day, but no Brexit
'Today... should have been the day we left the EU': Geoffrey Cox tells MPs it is 'last chance' to deliver Read more.
Homelessness
Homelessness is devastating, dangerous and isolating. On average, homeless people die at just 47 years old. People sleeping on the Read more.
Symbolic Pics of the Month Feb 2019
  How many of you have had your kids come home pulling 'one eye poses' that seem to be a Read more.
The October Riots of 1931 in Cyprus
1931 Cyprus revolt The 1931 Cyprus revolt or October Events (Greek: Οκτωβριανά, Oktovriana) was an anti-colonial revolt that took place Read more.
One Billion Rising movement
The Cyprus Mail has reported: Why one billion? Well, that’s the figure of woman and girls across the planet who Read more.
Cypriot Tales – To Fishatiko
It’s 1973 and mum & dad (kyriacos & Ellou) decided to go in to business, was it Double Glazing? A Read more.
Cyprus loses Halloumi trademark
The Cyprus Mail reported: Cyprus may have definitively lost the trademark for halloumi cheese in the UK, after a British Read more.
Campaigner wants people prosecuted for fake profiles on Tinder
The Daily Mail reported: Teaching assistant, 44, reports online lover to police for hiding his marriage from her as new Read more.

Follow Me