Eros is the god of love, passion and physical desire in Greek mythology. He is also the protector of homosexual love. Known as an archer, Eros shot arrows at unsuspecting people, causing them to fall in love with the first person they saw. In various accounts, Eros is either the son of Aphrodite and Ares, Aphrodite’s assistant or a primeval god who assisted in creation.
Eros shot arrows randomly, aiming for the heart of his target. Those hit with an arrow became confused and exhibited irrepressible feelings. Some of Eros’ targets were other gods, including Apollo, who ridiculed Eros’s archery skills. Eros retaliated by shooting Apollo with an arrow, which made Apollo fall in love with a nymph named Daphne.
One account of Eros states his mother, Aphrodite, was jealous of Psyche, a beautiful mortal princess. Aphrodite told Eros to shoot an arrow into Psyche and make her fall in love with the ugliest person on Earth. Instead, Eros fell in love with Psyche, and they became a couple. Later, Psyche betrayed Eros, and he abandoned her; eventually, the two reconciled, and Psyche became immortal. The two had a daughter named Hedone or Voluptus.
In Roman mythology, the god of love is Cupid.