Symbols - What does heaven look like
In Greek legend, the archetype or functions of masculine love are represented by Aphrodite’s sons by the god Ares -the Erotes. These are shown as winged gods, with bow and arrows to create desire and lust in people, and were usually depicted either in the company of Aphrodite and her attendant goddesses, or Eros. There were three main Erotes - Imerus, Pothus and Anteros.
- Pothos represents longing or yearning – erotic desire.
- Himeros or Imeros (Latin: Himerus) represented uncontrollable desire, lust, obession and sexual desire. He also represented unrequited love.
- Anteros was the god of requited love, literally "love returned" or "counter-love" and also the punisher of those who scorn love and the advances of others, or the avenger of unrequited love – revenge.