Aphrodite was married to Hephaestus, but carried on a long-standing affair with Ares. Neither god was happy, of course, with the idea of the goddess being with the other. What are we to make of it? On the one hand, there is great sympathy for the husband, and Homer, in Odyssey Book 8, has him triumph over the adulterous couple. And yet, as Dryden wrote memorably, “None but the brave deserve the fair.”
It is an archetypal arrangement for the ages, to my mind. The question is not what makes the best sense for Venus, but rather, what can she see in the guy who isn’t me? As Joe Jackson asked, is she really going out with him?