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Eros. Painting by Guy Fiero.

Eros (EER-oss or AIR-oss). A god of love whose Roman name was Amor or Cupid. Later writers portrayed Eros as a roguish boy, but he was actually one of the most venerable of deities.

According to Hesiod, Chaos was born first, and after Chaos, Earth, Tartarus and Eros. Pausanias says that Eros is commonly considered to be the son of Aphrodite, but elsewhere he describes a sculpture of Eros greeting the goddess as she is born from the sea.

Eros is depicted in Greek art as a beautiful youth.