Eros

Eros

[eer-os, er-os]
Eros, in astronomy: see asteroid.
Eros, in Greek religion and mythology, god of love. He was the personification of love in all its manifestations, including physical passion at its strongest, tender, romantic love, and playful, sportive love. According to some legends he was one of the oldest of the gods, born from Chaos and personifying creative power and harmony. In most legends he was the son of Aphrodite and Ares and was represented as a winged youth armed with bow and arrows. In Greek poetry Eros was often a willful and unsympathetic god, carelessly dispensing the frenzies and agonies of love. At Thespiae and at Athens he was worshiped as a god of fertility. In Hellenistic and Roman myth, he was represented as a naked, winged child, the son and companion of Venus. To the Romans he was Cupid, or Amor. Eros was sometimes attended by his brother, Anteros, who was said to be the avenger of unrequited love or the opposer of love. See also Psyche.

First asteroid found to travel mainly inside the orbit of Mars and the first to be landed on by a spacecraft. Discovered in 1898 and named for the Greek god of love, Eros is an elongated body about 20.5 mi (33 km) in its greatest dimension. It can approach to within 14 million mi (22 million km) of Earth. In 2000 the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR Shoemaker) spacecraft orbited Eros, collecting a full year of data, and in 2001 it set down gently on Eros's surface.

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Eros is a town in Jackson Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 202 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Ruston Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

Eros is located at (32.392502, -92.422737).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 202 people, 77 households, and 60 families residing in the town. The population density was 202.8 people per square mile (78.0/km²). There were 87 housing units at an average density of 87.3/sq mi (33.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.50% White and 0.50% Native American.

There were 77 households out of which 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.0% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.8% were non-families. 16.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 106.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $20,313, and the median income for a family was $23,750. Males had a median income of $27,969 versus $16,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $10,789. About 21.3% of families and 24.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.9% of those under the age of eighteen and 19.0% of those sixty five or over.

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