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The Roman god Cupid symbolically represents masculine love. The Greek equivalent are the Erotes, not Eros. Eros personifies the function of Divine Love. Aphrodite/Venus [female] and Cupid/Erotes [male] represent the functions of love that we possess ourselves.
The Greek symbolism of masculine love was more sophisticated than that of the Romans. Cupid was portrayed by the Romans as a mischievous child, later on, personifications made him more of an irresponsible adolescent. This child wielded arrows which delivered desire, obsession, lust, but also romantic love and rejected love - thus symbolically the functions of Cupid and the Erotes were similar. Cupid was also representative of sexual intercourse, he too like Venus, was worshipped as a fertility deity.
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- Anacreon - As Late I sought the Spangled Bowers
- Bayard Taylor - Poems of the Orient – Kamadeva
- Bouguereau - Cupid and Psyche
- Bouguereau - Le Guepier
- Cohen, Leonard - Alexandra leaving
- Coleridge, Samuel Taylor - Kisses
- Coleridge, Samuel Taylor - Reason for Love's Blindness
- Dante - Paradiso - Venus and love
- Denis - Cupid and Psyche
- Ovid - Metamorphoses - Cupid and Daphne
- Ovid - Metamorphoses - The Song of the Muses
- Poussin - Sleeping Venus and Cupid
- Von Stuck, Franz - 1887 Amor imperator
- Von Stuck, Franz - Cupid at the Masked Ball