The specifying of Cupid typically enchants up pictures of a cherubic infant using a bow & arrow, but that wasn’t forever the status. Long before the Romans used & renamed his—and way before his connection with Valentine’s Day—Cupid was recognized as (handsome god of love) the Greeks as Eros.
Various description of cupid
“Hesiod” is one of the original writers of “circa-700 B.C.” Hesiod mentioned, “EROS” ( Cupid) in circa he called him “THEOGONY.” As one of the old cosmogonic gods born of the earth egg. In the advanced era, the “EROS” portrayal changed as the heir of Nyx & Erebus, Aphrodite & Ares. Or Iris & Zephyrus; or even Aphrodite & Zeus, as his father and even grandfather.
A bow & a quiver stuffed with golden arrows to excite desire and the leaden arrows to light hatred. Eros hit the arrows at the hearts of gods and humans to play with their emotions/feelings.
One myth from classical Greek mythology, which was retold by authors from Rome. It is that Eros hit a golden arrow at the deity Apollo. He fell crazily in love with the nymph Daphne. But then he hit a leaden arrow at Daphne so she would disgust Apollo.
In another story, Cupid’s mother, Aphrodite(Venus), became so envious of the gorgeous human Psyche. she told her son to make Psyche fall in love with a beast.
Alternately, Cupid grew so captivated with Psyche that he wedded her. But with the condition that she could never try seeing his face. But, Psyche’s interest got bigger; she snatched a glance. It made Cupid flee in rage. After wandering the known creation in quest of her mate, Psyche was finally rejoined with Cupid.
The Archaic period’s poem described cupid as an immortal who was enchanting to both man & gods. But by the Hellenistic age, they portrayed him as a mischievous, playful child. Because of his connections with love, Victorians linked cupid with Valentine’s Day. Victorians tried to give the holiday a romantic turn. They began portraying a cherubic cupid. That version continued until today on the Valentine cards.