Eros: The God of Love
Name meaning: Love, sexual desire
Roman name: Cupid
Parents: Aphrodite and Eros – Stesiichorus, Fragment 575 (trans. Campbel, Vol. Greek Lyric III) (C5th BC)
“[Eros] You cruel child of guileful Aphrodite, whom she bore to Ares.”
(–source, https://www.theoi.com/Ouranios/Eros.html )
Emblems and articles: Bow and Arrow, wings, sometimes a flaming torch
Children: Hedone by Psyche
Friends (in the Tides world): Pan & Dionysis
Eros is traditionally thought of as the mischievous god of love. His particular myth being that he was responsible for lighting the flames of love in the hearts men and gods alike. He was loyal to Aphrodite and his birth myth sometimes portrays him as being born of Aphrodite immediately upon her own birth alongside Himeros (Desire).
**Your creepy bit of history – Eros is first mentioned by Greek poet, Hesiod, as a primordial deity who emerges self-born at the beginning of time to spur procreation. (fix)
Sources: For more great info and fun facts about the God of Love, be sure to check out some of my favorite sites - theoi.com, letstalkaboutmythsbaby.com/podcast, greekmythology.com, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biology and Mythology
Role in the Tides of Atlantis world:
The god of love is slated to first appear in the Tides world in the prequel novelette, Midsummer Lover, where he is goaded into attending a Solstice celebration on Earth by Pan to mingle with the fae and humans while the veil between the spirit world and the human word is thin. While there, he sets his sights on beautiful co-ed, Eden O’Laurie (keefe). Their brief meeting is the precursor to a spinoff trilogy from the Tides of Atlantis series involving the Daughters of Eros and the Cerberan warriors that is currently in the planning stages.
Excerpt from Midsummer Lover:
Eros grabbed the cool glass, brought it under his nose for a cautious sniff then sipped at the liquid inside. Ah, nectar of the gods! Well actually it was more of a tonic that Dion had concocted eons ago to cure the ill effects from his wine, but it was a life saver nonetheless. He drained the whole glass in one long gulp then set the tumbler aside.
“Here, I brought you a present.” Pan held out a small silver pendant on a chain. It was shaped like one of Eros’s bows with an arrow nocked at its center. “Thought you might like it for a souvenir since you’re out of the business now, or so you say.”
Eros rolled his eyes. The last thing he wanted to do right now was talk about how Psyche’s leaving him a hundred years ago had stolen his mojo, so to speak, and he’d washed his hands of anything to do with the ‘L’ word. He turned the pendant in the light.