As I’ve mentioned before, there are several different versions of the classic Greek myths. In this version, Eros is the first of the gods to be born out of the Chaos. Eros is the root of such words as erotic, and is the Greek God of passionate love. In this day, you may know him better by his Roman name, Cupid.
So, every Valentine’s Day, as you get those cards with hearts with arrows through them, or cute little cherubs with bows, you in fact, in essence, continuing the worship of this ancient, Greek deity.
In other versions of the Greek myths, Eros comes onto the scene much later. In those stories, he is the son of Ares, god of war, and Aphrodite, goddess of love. The most famous story concerning Eros is that of Eros and Psyche, where Eros falls in love with the mortal woman, Psyche. This story, however, follows from a different creation myth, where Eros is the son of Aphrodite.
Illustrated by Mark Howden
Commentary by Bradley Potts