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Eros: God of Love (Greek Mythology) by Teri…

Eros: God of Love (Greek Mythology)

by Teri Temple

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Eros is the god of love, often depicted as a cherub with a bow and quiver of arrows. It is unclear who Eros's parents are, or where he came from, there are many theories surrounding this; however the most popular is that he is the son of Aphrodite, and when she arose from the foam in the sea, he and another cherub were by her side. Eros was mostly known for his mischief and games on Mt. Olympus and on Earth. He was constantly interfering with love affairs, which was frowned upon by his "mother" Aphrodite, except for when she ordered him to do it as revenge. One of the most famous stories involving Eros started with an argument between three goddesses: Hera the queen, Athena the warrior, and Aphrodite the goddess of love. Zeus didn't want to decide- most likely feared the wrath of angry women- and instead asked Paris- a prince of Troy- to make the choice. Hera offered him all of Asia, Athena offered him wisdom, but Aphrodite offered him the chance to marry Helen the "most beautiful woman in the world". He obviously chose the latter- because who wouldn't-but there was a problem. Helen was married to the king of Sparta, so Aphrodite sent Eros to Sparta. When Paris showed up Eros shot Helen and she fell madly in love with Paris and allowed him to kidnap her and take her back to Troy with him. This enraged the king of Sparta and set of the ten year Trojan War into motion. Sparta won, Paris was killed, and Helen went back to Sparta. Eros only fell in love once, by complete accident. Aphrodite was complaining about the beauty of a human, and sent Eros down to make her fall in love with the ugliest man on Earth, out of jealousy. Eros did as he was told but upon seeing this maiden he fell in love with her. Not wanting her to know who he was, he only visited her at night and told her not to light her lamp. However, like any sensible person she did light her lamp and realized she had fallen in love with the god of love. When Eros woke up he saw that she had betrayed him. Hurt, he ran back to Mt. Olympus; Psyche-the maiden's name- searched for him, but when she didn't find him she prayed to Aphrodite. At first Aphrodite was reluctant and made Psyche do many things, but eventually gave up and Zeus allowed the two to be married and they lived happily together on Mt. Olympus.

I am not a big fan of nonfiction so I decided to try a nonfiction book about mythology. I'm not really into mythology either, but it was an improvement from a book about GMOs. This book was okay, I wouldn't say it was a real page turner though. I never knew Cupid's backstory, or that he was once called Eros so that was an interesting discovery. It was interesting how they myths were intertwined with real history. I didn't know that Eros had no confirmed parents either. This book was interesting but not something I wouldn't necessarily read again so I will rate it three stars. ( )
  PiperP.G1 | Mar 15, 2018 |
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"Introduces the Greek god Eros and explains his importance; features well-known Greek myths about this god; and includes map of ancient Greece and family tree of the Greek gods." -- from publisher's website.

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