Eros, the Greek God of love is the son of Aphrodite (Venus). Yes, that’s right, he’s the son of the Goddess of Love. Makes perfect sense when you think about it.
You’re probably very familiar with Cupid, the winged young boy often seen holding a bow and arrow, especially on Valentine’s Day.
Well, Cupid is none other than Eros in his younger days. Cupid is the Roman name given to Eros.
Eros (Cupid) eventually grew up, which is why he’s remembered both as a child and fully formed God on earth.
The Power of Eros
His most prized possession was a magical bow which he used to shoot his famous arrows from. These were no ordinary arrows though, as they had the power to make Gods and mortals fall in love. Incidentally, a few of his arrows could also inspire hate.
Everyone was a little bit scared of Eros, the God of love, due to this awesome power. You had to be very careful not to mess with the God or his mother for that matter, as he could overpower the mind of anyone.
Anteros – twin brother to Eros?
Some even think Eros had a twin brother who was the polar opposite to Eros and the avenger of the unrequited.
The famous sculpture shown here is considered to be Anteros, even though many believe it to be Eros. The sculpture can be found standing on top of the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain in Piccadilly Circus, London, England.
It sounds too bizarre to be true. I think what has happened is that someone hated the statue so much that they called it Anti-Eros. Over time the name then shortened to Anteros.
Eros (Cupid) and Psyche
The most famous Greek myth about Eros involved the beautiful mortal princess Psyche. It proves that Eros wasn’t always a young child.
This amazing myth is more famously known as Cupid and Psyche, rather than Eros and Psyche.
Psyche is the Greek word for “soul” which adds even more wonder to this famous love story.
The video below will give you a little bit of an idea of what might have happened.
You should also read a few different versions of the Cupid and Psyche myth, as they can differ wildly. The following link will take you to another post in Greek Gods Paradise telling you about the Cupid and Psyche myth and 9 other romantic myths.
Erotic Eros, God of Love
Did you know that the word “erotic” is derived from the name of Eros?
Eros sings to Monica Bellucci
Here we have an Italian singer named Eros Ramazzotti performing a duet for the Goddess Monica Bellucci. He’s a superstar in Europe.
Could he be Eros, the Greek God of Love? What a way to come to earth.
This great song by Eros Ramazzotti is known as “Più Bella Cosa”. Bella is Italian for beautiful and so is this song. Check it out.
To see the original music video by Eros click here. Eros would love this song even if he isn’t Eros.
How does an Italian guy (god) get the name of a Greek God and later in life get to sing to the Goddess Monica Bellucci? The power of Eros is unfathomable.
No one can be sure about the appearance of Eros on earth. Maybe Eros looked more like the Versace Eros.
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