History of Cupid


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– cartoon illustration of cupid with roses

Kylie Brooks

     Cupid is the symbol of the holiday of love, Valentine’s Day. In Roman mythology, Cupid is the son of Venus, the goddess of love. Cupid is the god of desires, erotic love, attractions, and affection. He is commonly portrayed as a baby holding a golden bow with arrows. According to myth, he makes people fall in love by hitting a person with an arrow.  The lesser known part of the myth is that, along with his arrow of love, he also carries around an arrow to make someone fall out of love.  As early as the 14 century, artists began portraying Cupid as a baby in their work.  When the holiday of Valentine’s Day started, in the 18 century, the image of Cupid as a baby continued to be used.  From then on the baby Cupid has been known as a symbol of love.