named after the Greek goddess Aphrodite, whose Roman counterpart is Venus, which rhymes with penis, so it makes perfect sense, right? Well, it makes about as much sense as the reasoning behind nearly any food that's commonly considered an aphrodisiac. To be fair, though, Aphrodite's origin story (or at least one of them) does have her rising from the foamy splash created when another god's severed penis fell into the sea. In any case, sorry to be so male-centric, but the ancients simply did not have any gods named Dolores or Mulva (look it up, young'uns). Most of us humans are not lucky enough to possess Aphrodite's super-hotness, so it's not surprising that we've been looking for help getting into each others' pants since, like, the beginning of time.