Anteros was a god in Greek mythology, representing requited love, and punishing those who were not interested in love or not returning other people’s love. He was the son of the god Ares and the goddess Aphrodite, and brother of the god of love, Eros. Anteros had a similar description to Eros, bearing either a golden club or lead arrows, but his wings were plumed and likening those of a butterfly. Both brothers were companions of their mother Aphrodite. The statue in Piccadilly Circus in London depicts Anteros as a symbol of the selfless love of the Earl of Shaftesbury for the poor; it is not a statue of Eros as it is commonly mistaken.
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