eros_and_psyche.jpgEros and Psyche

Greek Myth

Eros was the son of Aphrodite, his Roman, and more familiar name, was Cupid. Psyche was a mortal princess who was so stunning the people of Greece began comparing her beauty to the goddess of love, Aphrodite. Aphrodite became jealous of this so she sent her son, Eros, to shoot her with one of her arrows while she slept and place a foul creature in front of her to fall in love with when she woke. Eros could not bring herself to do this but accidently scratched himself with an arrow and in turn fell in love with Psyche. Psyche then steals Psyche away to a palace, but does not reveal himself to Psyche and only is in her presence in the total darkness of night. Psyche is happy for a time until her sisters visit and persuade her to light a lamp while her lover is around so that she may see his face. Eros leaves her after this and after many trials Psyche goes on a quest to please Eros's mother Aphrodite. After completing the task Psyche is granted imortality and allowed to stay with Eros.

References in Popular Culture

The word Psyche is still in use today, psychology in particular gets its name from it. It means the soul or personality of a person. Eros, which means love in Greek, can still be seen as it is the root for english words like erotic. The relationship between the two is meant as an allagory between the two forces of the soul and love.