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A cult of Eros existed in pre-classical Greece, but it was much less important than that of Aphrodite.However, in late antiquity, Eros was worshiped by a fertility cult in Thespiae.But in later sources, Eros is represented as the son of Aphrodite, whose mischievous interventions in the affairs of gods and mortals cause bonds of love to form, often illicitly.Ultimately, in the later satirical poets, he is represented as a blindfolded child, the precursor to the chubby Renaissance Cupid, whereas in early Greek poetry and art, Eros was depicted as an adult male who embodies sexual power, and a profound artist.Wounded, Eros leaves his wife, and Psyche wanders the Earth, looking for her lost love.Eventually she approaches Aphrodite and asks for her help.
525 ff.) "Eros drove Dionysos mad for the girl [Aura] with the delicious wound of his arrow, then curving his wings flew lightly to Olympus.
Eros appears in ancient Greek sources under several different guises.
In the earliest sources (the cosmogonies, the earliest philosophers, and texts referring to the mystery religions), he is one of the primordial gods involved in the coming into being of the cosmos.
The novel itself is written in a picaresque Roman style, yet Psyche retains her Greek name.
Eros and Aphrodite are called by their Latin names (Cupid and Venus), and Cupid is depicted as a young adult, rather than a child.