In ancient mythology, Cupid was the Roman god of love. Cupid was the son of Venus, the goddess of love, and his father was Mercury, the winged messenger of the gods.Continue Reading
Cupid is generally depicted as a cherub who shoots an arrow to ignite love in his targets, and he is considered mischievous when creating his matches. Most often, he is considered to be an angel of happiness in the world of love.
A plan backfired on Venus, who was jealous of Psyche, a beautiful mortal woman. Venus requested that Cupid cause Psyche to fall in love with a monster. What ultimately happened was that Cupid met and fell in love with Psyche, after seeing how beautiful she was. He had dropped his arrow and pricked himself instead. He had her whisked away to a palace and ordered her to never try to see him, as he would visit her at night. After being convinced to look at him by her sisters, she accidentally woke him. She searched long and hard for him before going to Venus for help. Venus arranged for her to complete many tasks, which she did. In the end, Cupid and Psyche were married and lived happily ever after.Learn more about Mythology
Poseidon married Amphitrite, who was a Nereid, according to Greek mythology. Poseidon was god of the sea and brother to Zeus and Hades. Each god had his own realm. Like Zeus, Poseidon's love life was characterized by many extramarital affairs.Full Answer >
Greek mythology is a collection of stories about Greek gods, goddesses, demi-gods and creatures that provide explanations for how things came into existence, natural order and certain Greek traditions. The earliest Greek myths were passed down orally during the Bronze Age, explains The History Channel.Full Answer >
In ancient Egyptian mythology, the sun god Ra is the supreme deity who creates life and death and brings light and warmth to both living and dead creatures. His chief role is to traverse the sky in a golden ship, shedding light and warmth over the earth as the sun rises and bringing light and air to the underworld as the sun sets. Because of this role, ancient Egyptians depicted Ra as falcon-headed with a solar disc above his head.Full Answer >
The Minotaur lived in Crete, the Greek island at the center of Minoan civilization, according to mythology. Specifically, it lived in a labyrinth near the palace at Knossos. The minotaur was a monster with the head of a bull and the body of a man.Full Answer >