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(Ἔρως [Érōs]; Latin Amor, Cupido)

A. Eros/Amor as pictorial image and conceptual figure

E., the god of love, mostly occurs in reception as a winged, naked boy, armed with bow and arrow or torch, exerting influence on mortals and gods. Unlike Aphrodite/Venus, as whose agent he acts and to whom he is usually attributed as companion or son, he had no public cult in either Greece or Rome. The only record is of the veneration of a…

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Füll, Bettina, “Eros”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 21 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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