What would happen if Cupid existed?

Cupid - the god of love

Cupid's descent

He is said to be a child of chaos and belong to the first gods together with Gaia (earth), Erebos (darkness) and Nyx (night). More common, however, is the claim that he is a son of the goddess of love Aphrodite and her husband, the blacksmith and artist god Hephaestus.

Others suggest that the boy's true father is the god of war Ares, Aphrodite's lover. It is undeniable that both were involved in his upbringing.

With family relationships of this kind, it is not surprising that the boy becomes a real do-it-all. He only uses the bow and arrow to set people's hearts ablaze, regardless of whether he uses them to destroy marriages or cause other mischief.

He looks like an angel, with his golden locks, delicate skin and rosy cheeks. He seems innocent - more like a child than a man.

But one day he gets caught by an arrow from his own quiver and he is aflame in love for a human being, namely the most beautiful one living at that time: psyche.

Cupid's great love

Psyche, the friendly earth girl, is of such breathtaking beauty that Aphrodite, out of sheer envy, puts Cupid on her so that she might lose her heart to a rather ugly man.

But Cupid lets himself be wounded by his own arrows this once and falls in love with Psyche, just as she falls in love with him. There is only one thing he asks of her: Psyche must never see him so that she does not find out who he is.

Psyche tries hard to please her lover in all things, but her sisters talk to her until one night she can no longer curb her curiosity and holds a lamp to Cupid's face.

Delighted by its beauty and shocked by the realization of her great mistake, she lets go of the lamp and Cupid wakes up. Both can hardly believe it, but they have no choice: Cupid has to leave Psyche forever.

It takes a lot of effort to find a patron of the two in the gods' heaven. Zeus-Jupiter, the father of gods, who has taken his messenger of love Amor into his heart (he had already given him some joys), brings the story to a happy end. Cupid and Psyche find each other again.

Cupid's witness

It is uncertain whether the love story is based on actual events. It was written by the philosopher Apuleius in the 2nd century AD. Apuleius came from a good family and enjoyed an exemplary upbringing.

In matters of love he is a thoroughly trustworthy person, after all he was accused of love magic himself after he was able to win a rich widow for himself. So he should have good contact with Amor and have his story firsthand.

Ovidius Naso, or Ovid for short, was also a master at love. The Roman poet lived from 43 BC to around 17 AD, first in his beloved Rome, later in exile at the Black Sea, he too was punished for his "art of love".

"Love art" is the name of one of his great works, which at the time was removed from the libraries, but has lost none of its poetry, irony and wisdom to this day. He owed his experiences in love and love poetry to Amor himself, but he did not ask for them, they were downright forced upon him.

Cupid's power

To be hit by Cupid's arrows is by no means lucky on earth, no - it has driven many people to the edge of despair. But there is no point in opposing Cupid's power. The more you resist the god of love, the more cruelly he persecutes you - the Roman poet Ovid already knew that.

Ovid himself was hit twice. Cupid kindled the poet's meter first, and then his heart. Because Ovid actually felt called to great poetry, already had the subject and the right meter, then Cupid laughed and his arrow hit the target.

This is the beginning of Ovid's first great work, the Amores, the love poems that tell not only about Ovid's loved ones, but also about their instigator, the "wild Cupid".

Ovid describes Cupid as a brave god without fear who knows no idleness. And wherever its arrow hits, it will spread these properties.

The lovers get active and have to watch through many a night. They are brave like soldiers, but armed with poems instead of war tools. The lover has only one goal: love itself, won not through money and diamonds, but solely through the art of love.