Cupid, ancient Roman god of love in all its varieties, the counterpart of the Greek god Eros and the equivalent of Amor in Latin poetry. According to myth, Cupid was the son of Mercury, the winged messenger of the gods, and Venus, the goddess of love.
How did Cupid become a god?
Cupid is, quite literally, the child of the goddess of love, Venus. In Greek mythology, he is known as Eros, and, depending on the source, was thought to be a primordial god who came into the world either asexually, from an egg, or the son of Aphrodite (Venus Hellenistic counterpart).
What was Cupid known for?
In Roman mythology, Cupid is the son of Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. And he is known as the god of affection. Legend has it that Cupid shoots magical gold-tipped arrows at gods and humans alike. By piercing their heart with an arrow, he causes individuals to fall deeply in love.
Is Cupid the god of desire?
In classical mythology, Cupid (Latin Cupīdō [kʊˈpiːdoː], meaning passionate desire) is the god of desire, erotic love, attraction and affection. He is often portrayed as the son of the love goddess Venus and the god of war Mars. He is also known in Latin as Amor (Love). His Greek counterpart is Eros.
Why does Cupid have a bow and arrow?
In both Greek and Roman Mythology, Cupid always had a bow and arrow which he used to shoot the power of love wherever he wanted it to go. According to Shakespeare, the reason was because as a chubby little boy, Cupid often changed his feelings about things especially those having to do with love.