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Marguerite Johnson does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. The long-awaited film version of Wonder Woman opens this week, starring Gal Gadot as the indomitable superhero. Formed from clay by her mother, Queen Hippolyta, and given life by the breath of Aphrodite, she is a demi-god. The gifts she receives from the gods of the Greek pantheon explain her superhero powers, which become evident when she transforms into Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman made her debut in in All Star Comics. Her creator, American writer and psychologist William Moulton Marston, drew on a cornucopia of Greek mythology, blending stories from sources as diverse as the myths of Pandora , Odysseus , and Atalanta and the Amazons. Like all members of the Justice League team, Wonder Woman is an imaginative hybrid.
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According to Ovid , he was born a remarkably handsome boy whom the naiad Salmacis attempted to rape and prayed to be united with forever. A god, in answer to her prayer, merged their two forms into one and transformed him into a hermaphrodite , he being considered the origin of the name. Hermaphroditus, the two-sexed child of Aphrodite and Hermes Venus and Mercury had long been a symbol of androgyny or effeminacy, and was portrayed in Greco-Roman art as a female figure with male genitals. Theophrastus 's account also suggests a link between Hermaphroditus and the institution of marriage.
Atlantiades is the eldest child of Aphrodite , the Goddess of Love, by Hermes ;  she made them from her body, something not even Zeus could match, for her own pride, and Atlantiades grew resentful of their mother because of it. As the dimension of the Olympians collapsed after Ares took his own life while imprisoned in Themyscira , Atlantiades found themselves in the city of Summergrove, Connecticut where they decided to establish a cult based upon free desire. Soon, Wonder Woman and Atlantiades' mother, Aphrodite , were led there by the sword of Antiope and tried to contrast their cult, being that people were acting immorally because of desire. After Diana made Atlantiades realize that this way was not a sane and happy one for their followers, Atlantiades talked to them about the fact sometimes desire must be sacrificed for the people you care about.