Eros Picture

Mitch Hewer as Eros

God of love, sexual desire and attraction.

Eros was the Greek symbol of love and desire. He was shooting magic, golden arrows into the hearts of both mortals and immortals, spreading physical desire but also numbness and pain.

Some claim that he was one of the first gods to emerge from primeval Chaos, hatched from the world-egg, and thus is considered to be one of the eldest gods. They reason that none of the other gods could have been born without Eros. There are other theories as to his parentage: He is held to be the son of Aphrodite and Hermes, or Aphrodite and Ares, or even Aphrodite and Zeus. A lyrical fancy even holds that he was the son of Iris, goddess of the Rainbow, and Zephyrus, the West Wind. In more recent mythology, Eros is portrayed as the son of Aphrodite and Ares, and one of the younger deities. He wounds both gods and men with his unerring and irresistible arrows of desire. His arrows come in two sets: golden arrows with dove feathers for love, and leaden arrows with owl feathers for indifference. Eros' brother is Anteros ("returner of love") and his wife is the mortal Psyche. In the Dionysian Mysteries, Eros is the most ancient deity and referred to as protagonus ("the first-born") who emerged from the cosmic egg of Nyx, the goddess of night. According to the philosopher Plato, Eros is the striving of mankind to the pure, the good, the beautiful.

One time, a gang of huge and terrible Giants attacked Mount Olympus, hurling rocks and fire-brands at the palace of the gods from their mountain tops. There were 24 of these Giants, sons of Gaea, Mother Earth. When one of these Giants, Porphyrion, broke through the Olympians' defenses and tried to strangle Hera, Eros shot a timely arrow at the monster and wounded him in the liver. His anger turned to lust and he then attempted to violate the Queen of the Olympians. This so enraged Zeus, seeing his wife about to be molested, that he raced up to Porphyrion and struck him down with a thunderbolt. When Hera and Athena were trying to figure out how best to assist Jason and the Argonauts on their quest for the Golden Fleece, they approached Aphrodite for help. The goddess of Love located her mischievous son, who was playing dice with the boy Ganymede, and cheating at that, and instructed him to go to the palace at Colchis. There, Eros let fly an arrow at the heart of the witch, princess Medea, causing her to fall in love with the hero Jason, and consequently leading to the recovery of the precious Golden Fleece by the Argonauts. It was also Eros who shot an arrow of love into the heart of the most beautiful mortal woman, Helen, making her instantly fall in love with the Trojan prince Paris. This infatuation led to Paris and Helen running away to Troy, which prompted the infuriated Greeks to begin the Trojan War in retaliation. But as the Fates (the Greek goddesses responsible for luck and destiny) would have it, just as Eros had Psyche lined up in his sights, Eros stumbled and accidentally pricked himself with the arrow and fell madly in love with Psyche himself.


Mischievous - Eros was always causing trouble by shooting his golden arrows into the hearts of both mortals and immortals.

Sacred Symbols and Animals

Bow and Arrows - Eros' duties are to shoot people with his love arrows so they could fall in love. However, he does not only have love arrows, but also hate arrows (as revealed in the of Apollo and Daphne). Without his love arrows, nobody will fall in love with anyone, Aphrodite wouldn't be worshiped, and the world would be a loveless place.

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Greek Mythology Wiki/Eros
Myth Man/Eros

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