Eros and Psyche, and the Secret of True Love

Eros (Cupid) and Psyche, sculpture by Antonio Canova on display at the Louvre. Photo by Dinkum, via Wikimedia Commons

Eros fell in love to Psyche, the soul. This myth reveals more than their strong connection. Psyche was a king’s daughter, so beautiful that Aphrodite grew jealous. She called her son Eros to pierce her with his arrow, when she was asleep. Mortals, when shot by the arrow, fell in love with the first one they looked at. Aphrodite would make sure that, when awake, she would see someone undesirable, or an animal.

Eros, invisible, flew into Psyche’s chamber, preparing his …

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