The Roman counterpart of the Greek Eros. He is the god of erotic love and desire, and is typically described as a son of Venus. Cupid is a minor deity, and is a main character only in the story of Cupid and Psyche.

He is also known as Amor.

The name comes from fourteenth century Latin word cupido, literally "desire," from cupere, "to desire," from Greek pathos.


Cupid is represented as a winged infant, naked, with a bow and quiver full of arrows.



  • Vollmer, Wilhelm. (1874). Wörterbuch der Mythologie. Stuttgart, p. 149.