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, meaning "desire") is the god of desire, erotic love, attraction and affection. Although Eros is generally portrayed as a slender winged youth in Classical Greek art, during the Hellenistic period, he was increasingly portrayed as a chubby boy.
Venus laughs, and points out the poetic justice: he too is small, and yet delivers the sting of love.
The story was first told about Eros in the Idylls of Theocritus (3rd century BC). The untiring deceiverconcocted another battle-plan:he lurked beneath the carnations and rosesand when a maiden came to pick them,he flew out as a bee and stung her.
In the Greek tradition, Eros had a dual, contradictory genealogy.
He was among the primordial gods who came into existence asexually; after his generation, deities were begotten through male-female unions.
Cupids are a frequent motif of both Roman art and later Western art of the classical tradition.