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Also known as EROTES, HIMEROS

A picture showing the legend of EROS taken from our Greek mythology archives. Illustration by Chas Saunders. Read the story below or search the index for more Greek Gods, Greek Goddesses, heroes, demons and monsters!

Irresistibly handsome God of Love, Sex and Desire

One of the most popular Gods of all time, ancient legends tell how EROS was born of CHAOS and helped URANUS (Heaven) and GAIA (Earth) get it together. Their offspring helped to populate the universe and fill the pages of mythology encyclopedias. (Later legends claim he's the son of APHRODITE the Goddess of Love, but that's just too obvious, isn't it?)

An irresistibly handsome youth, his bittersweet role is to stir the passions and create desire, no matter how many hearts get broken in the process. To help in this mission, he carries a lethal love weapon — a magic bow. No-one can withstand Eros's Arrow of Lurve.

With two strings to his bow, he can fire golden arrows for true love or leaden ones for indifference. So it's best to get on his good side if you're feeling smoochy. Do you really want to risk your gorgeous date being hit with a lead arrow?

Warning: always be tactful and kind in matters of the heart. If you reject the love of another in a cruel or mocking manner, his brother ANTEROS will enact revenge upon you.

The most eligible bachelor in the universe, EROS finally married the lovely mortal PSYCHE after accidentally pricking himself with one of his own arrows. This was a match made not in Heaven, but in the Underworld.

When the Romans took over the Greek flowers and choccies empire, EROS became known as CUPID and turned from a handsome stallion of a God into a cute and cuddly baby angel. How embarrassing.

If there's something lacking in your love life, you should pay a visit to the famous Eros statue at Piccadilly Circus in London. (Strictly speaking it's a statue of his brother ANTEROS, but don't worry about that.) Piccadilly Circus is full of gorgeously eligible girls and boys, so you're bound to find someone fabulous. This service brought to you by the Godchecker Dating Agency. You're welcome.

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Article last updated on 03 March 2013
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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Name : EROS
Location : Ancient Greece
Gender : Male
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : EROTES, HIMEROS
Popularity index : 4335

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