In ancient Greece, Eros was a big influence to the greek people. Eros was the god of love and had the power to make any god or mortal to fall in love. He was considered a primordial god, which is a god born from the void of Chaos.
Eros was the son of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, and Ares, the god of war. Aphrodite had many children but the most well known is Eros, commonly known as cupid. Aphrodite and Eros often worked together, and Eros became a companion or accomplice to his mother. Together, the two were responsible for Helen of Troy falling in love with Paris. Eros was very dedicated to his mother. Eros had a brother named Anteros, who was given to be a playmate for his brother Eros. Anteros was a god who punished those who were not interested in love or returning others affection. Eros’ grandfather was Zeus, the god of the sky and ruler of the Olympian gods. Zeus had dozens of children in addition to Ares, Eros’ father. Psyche was Eros wife, the goddess of the soul. She was once a mortal princess. Aphrodite was very jealous of Psyche because men turned away from the goddess and toward Psyche. Eros’ mom mandated Eros make Psyche fall in love the ugliest and unattractive man he could find. The plan backfired on Eros’ mom when Eros began falling in love with Psyche. Eros concealed who he was from his true love Psyche. He told Psyche she was never allowed to look at him directly in his face. Her sisters were also jealous of
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When people wonder about Ancient Greece the first thing that comes to their minds is Greek mythology; gods and goddesses that have helped shape many historical events. “In ancient Greece, stories about gods and goddesses and heroes and monsters were an important part of everyday life.” (“Greek Mythology.”) The civilization showed that numerous characters and stories helped shape Greeks. The beliefs the Greeks had with mythologies was they understood the meaning behind all the characters that are known today. However, to the Greeks, they were not just characters, these were their gods and goddesses who gave them meaning and understanding of the world around them. Worshiping the gods and goddesses helped them with their religious rituals and the temperament of the weather. A famous wine-jar that was made during this time period was “Achilles killing the Amazon Queen Penthesilea, 540-530 BCE, black-figured amphora”. (Khan Academy) The civilization that they lived in grew around their worship and achievements.
Aphrodite was known for having many love affairs. She had an arranged marriage, set up by Zeus, with Hephaestus, the ugliest of the gods. Her true love was Ares, the god of war and violence. Hephaestus knew of the affair and to get back at her, he humiliated her in front of all the gods by setting a trap for the lovers. When the two were about to make love, they were scooped up into a net where all the gods could witness her betrayal. Ares and Aphrodite conceived many children: Eros being the most famous. He is also known as Cupid. (“Aphrodite History”)
Eros, Philia, and Agape all have very rich backgrounds in our history. Eros being the Greek God of love, focused on pleasure and desire. Gives us a basis to examine how indulging in pleasure is a form of self-gratification, allowing the lover to experience love in its most shallow form. Eros lacks morality because its selfish, exclusive, and requires little to no self love. Eros is particular on which person receives this love, it denies the beloved any true form of compassion, and there is little to no self-love involved because it is the beloved that is giving to the lover, there is no need for deep thought about what they could give back to the beloved. Philia is the deeper form of love that requires both parties to be self-aware of their
Eos was a strong woman and she didn’t need to use weapons because she only rose up to the sky to set the sun down or for sunrise, she sometimes used her winged horses instead of her wings. According to web.eecs.utk.edu, Eos was cursed by Aphrodite because she had done a bad thing with Zeus, so Aphrodite cursed her with falling in love with every young men she sees. One of them was Tithonus, he was a mortal but since she was a goddess she would live forever and he would’t. Eos asked Zeus if he could give him immortality and so he did, Tithonus lived for a long time but he started getting older. Eos noticed that it was because she forgot to ask Zeus if she could also give him eternal youth. Eos started losing interest in him so he turned him
In Plato's Symposium, the great radical thinkers of Greece gather around and talk about passion and Eros before their participating in their own mischievous acts themselves. Phaedrus great speech about Eors will be evaluated connecting the ties between Eros, passion, and lovers. The speech of Phaedrus is saying that the God of love is great. " For the God is held in honor as eldest among them, said he. An indication that Eros has no parents, nor does anyone, layman, or poet, claim he does"(118).The God of Eros is so great and omnipotent that he did not need any parents to conceive him, he produced himself unto the thought process of the mankind himself. "
My research paper is about the Greek Titan Kronos/Cronus which are his Greek name or Saturn for his Roman name was the terrible father of the Olympians. He was also the king of titans which were overthrown by their own children the Olympians. In Greek mythology we all know his ending was about him being thrown into the pit of tartarus but we barely know how his beginning life started in the myths, but his defeat the most well known story. In my research paper I will talk about the rise and fall of kronos the god of time.
Eros was the son of Aphrodite and Ares. He was like his mom, his appearance changed for every one who gazed upon him. One reason why I included Eros is because I love telling the story of how he found his true love, Psyche. There are many versions to this myth , I will go with the one I most believe in. Lets get started!
Aphrodite was loved and was loved by many gods and mortals. She is the goddess of love, desire, and beauty. Aphrodite is the daughter of Zeus and Dione she has a brother Ares. She was married to Hephaestus: however she did have an affair with her brother Ares the god of war. Her sons are Eros, Anteros, Hymenaios and Aeneas with her Trojan lover Anchises. One of the most famous legends was about the Trojan War. Her tree was Myrtle, her birds are the Dove, Swan and the Sparrow. Aphrodite was born from foam in the waters of Paphos, on the island of Cyprus. When Aphrodite rose from the foam she started to walk towards the island of Cythera. While she was walking flowers started forming from her feet every time she walked, Eros and Himeros took
In Plato’s Symposium, Eryximachus’ and Diotima-Socrates’ speeches might seem completely different at first sight, since the former “breaks away from the treatment of eros as an aspect of human sexuality”. (Dover 105) Upon closer reading, however, one would begin to see more and more connections between them. The passage on mantic art at the end of Eryximachus’ speech, in particular, contains ideas that are to be echoed and developed in Diotima-Socrates’ speech. This essay tries to give a reading of Eryximachus's speech and show the developments and differences therefrom in Diotima-Socrates’ speech. I will start from a close examination of Eryximachus’s conception of Eros.
Eros/ Cupid Cupid or Eros was the God of Love. Cupid’s physical description would be classified as two different things. He could be known as a blue eyed blonde man. Or known as a brunet brown eyed man. His dwelling place was the sky.
His stories were repurposed by the Romans. This is what transformed Eros into Cupid. Latin Literature explains his relationship with his mother, Venus. But he is mostly identified as the offspring of Mars and Venus, the god and goddess of love and war. The Renaissance period is what really depicted Cupid to be a chubby baby with a bow and arrows. The lead arrows were forgotten as well as Cupid being a grown man. In the 1900s, the modern mythology of being shot and falling passionately in love with the next person you seen took place. Traditionally he took place on Valentine’s Day cards and being the
Even though Eros serves as a backup character to many different myths, he also has his own myth, that so happens to be one of my favorites. In the popular Cupid and Psyche myth, Aphrodite becomes very jealous when rumors go around saying Psyche is much more beautiful than her. She then sends Cupid to make her fall in love with someone ugly, but when he lays his eyes on her he instantly falls in love. He makes sure that she is brought to his palace and every night he would go visit her to make love and leave before the morning comes. Psyche's becomes lonely and misses her sisters, so one night she convinces Cupid to let her sisters come to the palace. He explains to her that they are jealous and they will lie to her to sabotage their relationship, but he lets them come over after she persuades him. When they come over, they become very jealous and they tell Psyche that her lover is a hideous monster. That night she keeps a knife and lamp with her so she can kill him. When she turns on the oil lamp to look at him she falls in love, and while she leans over to kiss him she spills the hot oil on him. He wakes up and sees the knife in her hand, so he gets up and flies away through the window. She roams the woods looking for him, and she goes to Aphrodite for help. The goddess tortures her and then sends Psyche on a couple of quests, similar
Ares is the god of war. His parents are Zeus and Hera, and his siblings are Hebe and Eileithyia. Ares is disliked by both of his parents, and most of the olympian gods due to his personality. His personality is known to be belligerent and easily tempered. In wars, he is the opposite of Athena. While Athena uses tactical strategy and military planning, Ares is feral and crude of violence. Ares is also the lover of Aphrodite, wife of Hephaestus, and had eight children together. Three of his eight children: Deimos and Phobos, and sometimes Eris, would always accompany Ares to war (Aris).
Even though Eros may be seen as a loving young god, he still uses his powers in inadequate ways to please Aphrodite and to force Daphne to fall in love with Apollo, but he still used it for good as for example with his wife Psyche. To honor Eros for what he has accomplished “... A festival [called] Erotica [was executed] in Eros honor [and] was celebrated with sports and games every fifth year by the Thespians” (Mercatante 241). When Psyche betrayed Eros by discovering his identity, Aphrodite demanded Psyche to perform four tasks “... but in the fourth visit to the queen of the underworld, Psyche failed and became trapped in the underworld. Cupid [Eros]however rescued her with the help of Jupiter …”
Eros is said to be charming and handsome but was described by the poet Sappho as being "bitter-sweet" and sometimes cruel to his victims. Eros would shoot arrows from a bow into the hearts of mortals and other gods to give them feeling of love and desire for another. Eros was mischievous and would wound as many hearts as he could. Eros was later borrowed by the Romans and is more commonly known as cupid. Lurie worshipped Eros and used his beliefs to serve his own purpose, especially his sexual release.