A surname of Aphrodite, describing her as "the heavenly," or spiritual, to distinguish her from Aphrodite Pandemos. Plato represents her as a daughter of Uranus, begotten without a mother.1

Wine was not used in the libations offered to her. The tortoise, the symbol of domestic modesty and chastity, was sacred to her.



  1. Symposium, p. 180; Xenophon. Symposium, 8.9.


  • Herodotus. Histories i, 105.
  • Scholiast on Sophocles' Oedipus Colonus, 101.
  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.
  • Suidas, s.v. νηφάλια.

This article incorporates text from Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (1870) by William Smith, which is in the public domain.