Do you know Cupid ?
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Here are some facts and fancies about the well-known Valentine Icon - Cupid. In classical mythology Cupid is the god of love, attraction and affection. He is often portrayed as the son of the love goddess Venus and the war god Mars.
Although in Classical Greek Art he is pictured as a slender winged youth, during the Hellenistic period, he was increasingly portrayed as a chubby boy. During this time, his iconography acquired the bow and arrow that represent his source of power: if shot by Cupid's arrow is filled with uncontrollable desire. In myths, Cupid is a minor character who serves mostly to set the plot in motion, in poetic themes and visual scenarios, such as "Love conquers all".
Cupid continued to be a popular figure in the Middle Ages, when under Christian influence he often had a dual nature as Heavenly and Earthly love. In contemporary popular culture, Cupid is shown drawing his bow to inspire romantic love, often as an icon of Valentine's Day.