Cupid and Psyche
How is this story included in
Greek Mythology even though
Cupid itself is not a Greek name
but a Latin name?
It is because of…
A Latin novel Metamorphoses,
also known as The Golden Ass,
written in the 2nd century AD by
The truth is…
Eros and Psyche appear in
Greek as early as the 4th
• Since the rediscovery of Apuleius's novel in the Renaissance, the
reception of Cupid and Psyche in the classical tradition has been
extensive. The story has been retold in poetry, drama, and opera,
and depicted widely in painting, sculpture, and even wallpaper.
• The Romans reinterpreted myths and concepts pertaining to the
Greek Eros for Cupid in their own literature and art.
• Greek name: Eros
• God of Love
• Son of
• Psyche is a Greek
word for soul and
• Once a mortal
• In ancient
mosaics, she is
she came to a
decided to take a
Then she felt something beneath her in the water.
Frightened, she scampered out of the water, and heard a
voice that seemed to come from the water.
Now terrified, she ran into the forest as fast as she could. The voice of the
unknown told her that he was Alpheus, the god of the river, and that he was
only following because he loved her.
She ran on, but she could never escape; a river, after all, can
run longer than any mortal. Finally, completely exhausted,
Arethusa called out to Artemis.
The goddess answered
by changing her into a spring, but
not an ordinary spring. Arethusa
plunged down and emerged near
Syracuse, on land sacred to
Artemis. Alpheus, being a river
god, turned himself back into a
river, and plunged down the same
channel. Arethusa was not free of
Their waters mingled.
Even today, you can believe it or not,
that Greek flowers are sometimes seen
in the Sicilian spring, and if you throw a
wooden cup in the Alpheus river in
Greece, it will reappear in Arethusa's
spring in Sicily.
"What have you to do with
warlike weapons, saucy boy? Leave
them for hands worthy of them.
Behold the conquest I have won by
means of them over the vast
serpent who stretched his
poisonous body over acres of the
Be content with your torch, child,
and kindle up your flames, as
you call them, where you will, but
presume not to meddle with my
“Your arrows may
strike all things else, Apollo,
but mine shall strike you.”
Who is Daphne?
Daughter of Peneus
Hates love and
Wanted to be like
I love you Daphne.
At last Apollo saw her…
His heart blaze up and he started to chase
Apollo and his words of Love
"Stay," said Apollo, "daughter of Peneus; I am
not a foe. Do not fly me as a lamb flies the
wolf, or a dove the hawk. It is for love I pursue
you. You make me miserable, for fear you
should fall and hurt yourself on these stones,
and I should be the cause. Pray run slower, and
I will follow slower. I am no clown, no rude
peasant. Jupiter is my father, and I am lord of
Delphi, and know all things, present and
future. I am the god of song and the lyre. My
arrows fly true to the mark; but alas! An arrow
more fatal than mine has pierced my heart! I
am the god of medicine, and know the virtues
of all healing plants. Alas! I suffer a malady
that no balm can cure!"
Daphne flew on, more
frightened of what she heard.
He asked help from her father.
"Help me, Peneus! Open
the earth to enclose me, or
my form, which has
brought me into this
“O fairest of maidens,
you are lost to me,”
Apollo said. “But at least
you shall be my tree. With
your leaves my victors
shall wreathe their brows.
You shall have your part
in all my triumphs”.
Apollo and Daphne “The Laurel”
Apollo and his
laurel shall be