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Eros was the winged god of Love in Ancient Greece

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Eros, the Winged God of Love in Greek mythology
Eros depicted asleep, with his arm resting on a rock covered with a piece of cloth. National Archaeological Museum of Athens
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Who was Eros?

Eros was the Greek symbol of love and desire. He was shooting magic, golden arrows into the hearts of both mortals and immortals, spreading physical desire but also numbness and pain.

Birth of Eros

Eros was said to be born out of Chaos; according to another legend, though, Eros was the son of Ares, the god of War and Aphrodite, the goddess of Beauty, of whom Eros was the steady companion.

Appearance of Eros

Eros was a beautiful and very cunning small boy with wings.

Psyche, the Love of Eros

Eros himself was deeply in love with the Greek goddess Psyche, the goddess who incorporated human emotions. Psyche was renowned for her divine beauty, which was said to be even greater than the beauty of Aphrodite. People from around the world arrived at Psyche's palace to see her up close, brought offerings and scattered flowers on the streets whenever she came out.

The Roman name of Eros is "Cupid"

Modern words deriving from the god Eros: erotic, eroticism

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    Eros was referred to with the adjective(s):

    • anikatos("irresistible")
    • glykipikros("bittersweet")
    • lysimelis("limb-loosener")