|Name:||Cupid (Eros in Greek mythology)|
|Occupation:||god of “romantic” love|
|Relationships:||Venus/Aphrodite (mother), Mars/Ares (father), Psyche (consort)|
|Fandom:||Roman Mythology, Greek Mythology|
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Cupid is the god of lust and love in classical mythology. His name in Greek mythology is Eros, from which we get the term erotic. He is often portrayed as a baby with wings, and is commonly drawn by artists, especially on Valentine cards, as an accent on ceilings, or in romantic paintings. He carries a bow and arrow which he uses to shoot the hearts of people to make them fall passionately in love.
Although often portrayed as a baby, the most famous work about him, Cupid and Psyche, portrays him as a young man. Cupid accidentally scratches himself with one of his arrows and falls in love with a mortal. He hides his identity from her, and when she discovers it, he leaves. Psyche goes on a great quest to get him back.
Works Inspired by the Myths
Cupid in Other Fandoms
- The 1998–1999 TV series Cupid is about a man who believes himself to be Cupid, exiled from Mount Olympus and attempting to matchmake without his powers. The show never reveals whether he is in fact the Greek god.
- Cupid appears as a character in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess, portrayed by Karl Urban. See Cupid at the Legendary Wiki
Example Art Gallery
Eros and Psyche by Laliez (2020)
Links & Resources
- Cupid (Ancient Roman Religion & Lore) at Archive of Our Own
- Eros (Ancient Greek Religion & Lore) at Archive of Our Own
- Cupid and Eros at Wikipedia