Cupid was the god
of love in Roman mythology. He was also called Amor. Cupid was identified with
the Greek god Eros. The Romans portrayed Cupid as a son of the goddess Venus.
Cupid had both a cruel and a happy nature. His cruelty appears in his treatment
of his wife, the beautiful princess Psyche. Cupid forbade Psyche ever to try to
see what he looked like. He refused to be with her except at night in the dark.
One night while Cupid was asleep, Psyche lit a lamp so she could look at him.
Cupid awoke and fled in anger. But other myths describe Cupid as a happy lad who
united lovers. The earliest images of Cupid show him as a handsome, athletic
young man. By the mid-300's B.C., he was portrayed as a chubby, naked infant
with wings, holding a bow and arrows. A person shot with one of Cupid's
gold-tipped arrows supposedly fell in love. His lead-tipped arrows had the