From the essay: 'Eros, the Greek god of love and sexual desire (the word eros, which is found in the Iliad by Homer, is a common noun meaning sexual desire).
He was also worshiped as a fertility god, believed to be a contemporary of the primeval Chaos, which makes Eros one of the oldest gods.
From the early legend of Eros it is said that he was responsible for the embraces of Uranus (Heaven or Sky) and Gaia (Earth), and from their union were born many offspring. Although one of the oldest gods, he was a latecomer to Greek religion. He was worshiped in many regions of Greece, at Thespiae there was an ancient fertility cult, and in Athens he and Aphrodite had a joint cult.
Eros is usually depicted as a young winged boy, with his bow and arrows at the ready, to either shoot into the hearts of gods or mortals which would rouse them to desire. His arrows came in two types: golden with dove feathers which aroused love, or leaden arrows which had owl feathers that caused indifference. Sappho the poet summarized Eros as being bitter sweet, and cruel to his victims, yet he was also charming and very beautiful.
The Romans borrowed Eros from the Greeks and named him Cupid.
Eros has been depicted in art in many ways. The Greeks regarded him as most beautiful and handsome, the most loved and the most loving. They placed statues of him in gymnasiums (as most athletes were thought to be beautiful). He was depicted on utensils, from drinking vessels to oil flasks, usually showing him ready to fire an arrow into the heart of an unsuspecting victim.'
Erotology is the study of erotic expression, that is, any form of representation
which seeks to sexually arouse its audience. This includes not only the
actual physical act of procreation, but the attitudes toward it, social
and cultural controls, art and literature, psychology and physiology (i.e.
mind and body).
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