Love and Psiche

This legend tells us that Eros was always at his mother’s side assisting her in all her conniving and godly affairs. Aphrodite became jealous of the beauty of a mortal, a beautiful young woman named Psyche. In a fit of jealousy Aphrodite asked Eros to shoot his arrow into the heart of Psyche to make her fall in love with the ugliest man on earth. He agreed to carry out his mother’s wishes, but on seeing her beauty Eros fell deeply in love with Psyche himself. He would visit her every night, but he made himself invisible by telling Psyche not to light her chamber. Psyche fell in love with Eros even though she could not see him, until one night curiosity overcame her. She concealed a lamp and while Eros slept she lit the lamp, revealing the identity of Eros. But a drop of hot oil spilled from the lamp awakening the god. Angered that she had seen him Eros fled and the distraught Psyche roamed the earth trying in vain to find her lover. In the end Zeus took pity and reunited them, and he also gave his consent for them to marry. There are variations of this legend. Cupid and Psyche is a story from the Latin novel Metamorphoses, also known as The Golden Ass, written in the 2nd century AD by Apuleius. The Love and Psyche Hall - Castel Sant’Angelo, Rome - Musei Capitolini Roma
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