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Cupid in Myth Cupid was the god of love in Roman and Greek mythology The name Cupid is a variation on Cupido which means desire and this god was also known by the name Amor love It was commonly believed that Cupid was the son of Venus - the Roman goddess of love - and this association between Venus and Cupid was quite popular in myth poetry literature and art The ancient Romans often depicted Cupid as winged child or baby who carried a bow and quiver full of arrows Indeed the Roman poet Ovid seems to delight in portraying Cupid as a willful and capricious child in many of his poems from the Amores and the Art of Love It is also from these collections of poetry that we get a wonderfully vivid description of the god of love Cupids there quiver reversed bow brokenHolding a burnt-out torchSee how sadly he walks poor child wings droopingHow he beats at his bared breastHow the tears rain down on his hair now lying all tangledAbout his throat and his mouths a loud O of griefThus he looked they say long ago when he saw hisBrother Aeneas to the grave And while the idea that Cupid was a child with wings appealed to many poets and artists there were also different conceptions of this important god One of the most memorable myths about Cupid involves his relationship with the beautiful woman named Psyche The tale of Cupid and Psyche is told in the Metamorphoses of Apuleius Cupids counterpart in Greek mythology was known as Eros
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