Capricious, or at best humans see his arrows as striking somewhat randomly.
Mother and father:
Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, and Ares, the God of War. Poor kid! But earlier accounts make him one of the oldest gods, active long before either of his parents. He is said to have caused the creation of Okeanos and Tethys, who were also very early Greek deities.
In his Cupid guise, he is said to have mated with Psyche, whose name means Soul. Poor Psyche ran into major in-law problems – see below.
By Psyche, Volupta or Pleasure; Nyx (Night). With Chaos he is said to have formulated all birds.
Some Major Temple Sites:
He had a refuge on Mount Helion.
Some say there are two Eroses, the elder who is the early god, and the other who is the eternally young son of Aphrodite. The “elder” Eros was the cause of the birth of the race of immortal gods and goddesses. The “younger” Eros is the one depicted as a winged boy, the son of Aphrodite, considered to be both the most beautiful and the youngest of the gods.
But even in this type, kids grown up. Problems ensue when Eros (called Cupid in this story) falls in love with Psyche. His radiance is such that for her own safety, he insists that she must never look upon his face, and he only visits her at night. At first, she’s cool with this, but her sisters and family insist that her husband should be a grotesque and dangerous monster. Finally, to shut them up, one night she lights a lamp and sees his glorious beauty, which does not blast her but does make her tremble so hard she shakes the lamp. A few drops of hot oil dribble on her beloved, burning him, and he flies away from her in physical pain worsened by the pain of knowing she doubted him.
His mom, Aphrodite, is angry over the injury and over the concealed relationship. While Cupid recovers, Aphrodite hopes to get Psyche out of the way permanently by making life extraordinarily difficult for her daughter-in-law. This takes the form of various potentially deadly tasks such as dropping by to get some beauty lotion from Persephone in the Underworld, and, while you’re out, Psyche, would you pick up some water in bottles from the River of the Dead (the Styx)?
But Cupid ultimately recovers, comes to her rescue, and they marry. As is appropriate, the God of Love gets a happy-ever-after.
Sometimes known as Cupid by Roman writers and translators.
The word “erotic”, meaning lovemaking love, originates from the name of Eros. However, even in ancient times, his quality of love was regarded as spiritual as well as physical, and was generally thought to be the deity who caused the love of beauty, healing, independence, and many other good thingsalong with the love between people.