Published February 12, 2010
So we've all seen the chubby-cheeked baby wielding a bow with heart-tipped arrows, but where did the legend of Cupid begin?
Here's a little mythology lesson for your Valentine's Day!
In Roman mythology, Cupid is the god of love and beauty. He is the son of goddess Venus (goddess of love) and god Mercury (messenger god), thus making Cupid the messenger of love!
The story is, Cupid's mother Venus became jealous of a princess named Psyche. Psyche was so beloved by her subjects that they forgot to worship Venus, so Venus ordered Cupid to make Psyche fall in love with the vilest thing in the world. When Cupid saw Psyche, however, he was so overwhelmed by her beauty that he fell in love with her himself.
Cupid began paying visits to Psyche, but he would never reveal himself. But Psyche, with some urging by her sisters, tried to see her lover. She tricked Cupid who became so irate that he left her. Psyche wandered the earth, searching for Cupid. Finally, the god Zeus united her with Cupid and gave them permission to marry. They lived happily ever after, giving birth to a daughter whose name was Voluptas, or Hedone (meaning pleasure). The history of romance has begun!
Happy Valentine's Day!