"take two steps forward in the saraband of Eros"

 Eros was the ancient Greek god of sexual love and beauty; his Roman equivalent was Cupid.  He is usually considered to be the child of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, and Ares, god of war.  Worship of him was fervent and widespread, and included a fertility cult in Eros Thespiae.  He is well known for the story of 'Eros and Psyche'; Aphrodite is jealous of Psyche's beauty, so commands her son curse her to fall in love with the ugliest creature imaginable.  Eros falls in love with her himself, and secretly takes her to his home.  He leaves her, however, when her jealous sisters interfere and she betrays his trust.  She is then cursed to be forever searching for him.