Cupid is an ancient Roman god of love/desire, counterpart of the Greek Eros. Born to Mercury, the winged messenger of the Gods, and Venus, Goddess of Love, Cupid is often portrayed as a small boy with wings who carries a bow and arrows. The name Cupid derives from the Latin word ‘cupido’ meaning ‘desire’.
A famous legend tells how Cupid fell in love with the Princess Psyche, even though his mother Venus asked him to make her fall in love with someone else. Venus was jealous of the mortal Psyche because her subjects adored her so much that they forgot all about their Goddess of Love. Every night Cupid sat next to Psyche and watched her sleep. He asked her never to look at him. One day, Psyche decided to disobey his orders. As she looked at him she immediately fell in love. Jupiter later gave Psyche the gift of immortality so that she could be with her beloved forever.