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Don't be so foolishly naive, Apollo. Love is cruel. Love is unforgiving. Love is merciless. And since I am Love, why shouldn't I be just like that?
Eros to Apollo.

Eros is the mischievous god of love, sex and desire, is considered as a deity in the ancient Greece and the son of Aphrodite by either ZeusAres, or Hermes.

Overview

Eros is said to be the son of Aphrodite alone, and while Greek legend depicts him being the child of Aphrodite by way of either Zeus, Ares, or Hermes, he is revealed to be the product of a piece from the primordial Eros from whom this Eros was named after, was placed within the womb of Aphrodite. Eros was a god not simply of passion but also of fertility. His brother was Anteros, the god of mutual love, who was sometimes described as his opponent. The chief associates of Eros were Pothos and Himeros (Longing and Desire).

While he is usually referred to in masculine terms, Eros can come in any shape that suits him, be it male or female as the concept of love is universal. In Archaic art he was represented as a beautiful winged youth but tended to be made younger and younger until, by the Hellenistic period, he was an infant All legends involving his existence picture him as an attendant, minion, and constant companion of the goddess Aphrodite, where he causes the love between mortals.

It is also said that Eros has jurisdiction over the Putto, angelic beings in Heaven who represent love and companionship and are thus referred to as cupids. During ancient Greece, and with Heaven's permission, Eros would have the Putto spread the love a parent have for their children while Eros himself would work on having two mortals fall in love with one another.

Appearance

His figure is described to have an appearance of a winged young man or a baby who carries the bow and arrows of love.

Personality

Powers and Abilities

Even as a god, he lacks good archery skills and in some myths, he is blindfolded, resulting in mostly missing his targets.

History

Eros caused the love between Apollo and Daphne, after Apollo made fun of him. He later fell in love with a mortal woman named Psyche, eventually becoming her husband and from their union, Hedone was born.

Myths and Legends

In Alexandrian poetry he degenerated into a mischievous child. In Archaic art he was represented as a beautiful winged youth but tended to be made younger and younger until, by the Hellenistic period, he was an infant. His chief cult centre was at Thespiae in Boeotia, where the Erotidia were celebrated. He also shared a sanctuary with Aphrodite on the north wall of the Acropolis at Athens.

While he is usually referred to in masculine terms, Eros can come in any shape that suits him, be it male or female as the concept of love is universal. In Archaic art he was represented as a beautiful winged youth but tended to be made younger and younger until, by the Hellenistic period, he was an infant

Quotes

Behave boy, unless you want your mom to pull your pants down and spanking you like you're a little babe again.
Aphrodite to Eros

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Trivia

  • Eros has a Primordial counterpart also known as Eros and both gets mistaken with each other by many beings including oracles.
  • Eros has been connected to the primordial entity Phanes even sometimes being treated as the same deity.
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