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According to Roman mythology, Cupid is the son of Venus , the goddess of fertility, beauty and love . Cupid's father varies by version: Mars , Jupiter and Vulcan They are mentioned as their parents in different stories.

Cupid is considered the God of the romantic wish . The myth tells that it has arrows of two kinds: one grants love and the other causes forgetfulness. That's why it is said that Cupid can arm and disarm couples .

Cupid is represented as a naked child or in diapers, with wings, carrying a bow, arrows and a quiver or quiver (a portable container for transporting the arrows). If the term is written with the initial lowercase (Cupid ), alludes to this representation that became a symbol of love and Valentine's Day .

Many times Cupid appears blindfolded, reflecting that true love arises from soul and not of the physical. When their arrows reach a person, the crush catcher falls in love.

Going back to myth Cupid, we can study different versions from the point of birth. According to the philosopher and writer of the Ancient Roman Empire Lucio Anneo Seneca , known with the epithet Seneca the Younger, Cupid is the son of the goddess of love, Venus, and the god of fire, Vulcan. On the other hand, according to his land Marco Tulio Cicero , with whom they also shared professions, there is both one born from Erebo and Night, and another whose father are Jupiter and Venus.

The first of the two is identified with the Greek Himer (the personification of sexual desire and lust), is capricious and violent; the second, on the other hand, is the representation of love, and is therefore delightful and gentle. In addition to these two versions, there is another, the most widespread, in which Cupid's parents are Venus and Mars; Apparently, it belongs to the Greek poet Simónides of Ceos , who also created the mnemonics .

Continuing with the version of Simonides, the birthplace of Cupid is Cyprus Island , the same as his mother, who hid him in his forests and hoped that the wild animals would breastfeed him for fear that Jupiter would kill him to avoid all the evil that, according to him, would do to the world. Of course the history He leaned in favor of Cupid, and so he was able to grow strong and healthy, although oblivious to reason for an impulsive and spontaneous attitude.

Cupid made his first arc and its arrows in the forest, using ash and cypress wood. Later, his mother presented him with a gold bow and some arrows, which, as mentioned in a previous paragraph, were of two different kinds: those that granted love had their gold tip; those that caused ingratitude and forgetfulness in their victims, had the lead tip.

It is important to highlight that nobody was immune to powers of Cupid's arrows: neither his own parents, nor the gods, not even himself.

The figure of Cupid was used as inspiration countless times in the world of art . "Cupid sleeping" , for example, is an oil painting of Caravaggio . The Italian artist painted the picture in 1608 . "Sleeping Cupid" , on the other hand, it is a sculpture of Miguel Angel created in 1496 whose trail was lost in the XVII century .

Cupid Finally, it is the name of a natural satellite of the planet Uranus . Discovered in 2003 , is part of a group of satellites that have similar properties and orbits, such as Lost , Crésida , Desdemona and Portion , among others.

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