A son of Aphrodite, and a brother of Eros and Himeros. Anteros represents reciprocal love but is also occasionally regarded as the avenger of slighted love. One time, when Eros was slowly pining away, Aphrodite — at Themis' advice — gave Eros a playmate. Since then Eros thrived, since love has to be reciprocated if it is to prosper.



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