Eros

God of Love.

 

Mischievous and loyal son of Aphrodite. He is her constant companion. Portrayed in art either as a winged infant or a handsome, winged youth, he inspires love in mortals with his bow and arrows.

 

Roman name: Cupid

 

Parents: Aphrodite and, according some myths, Ares.

 

Spouse, lovers, children: Husband to Psyche, a mortal princess later granted immortality by Zeus, who makes her goddess of the soul. Their tortured love story is one of antiquity's great myths. Read an ancient Roman version here.

 

Attributes: myrtle bow, wings 

Eros and Dolphin

Originally an ornament on an ancient fountain, now found in the extraordinary Farnese Collection, Naples Archeological Museum

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