Table of Contents

The beautiful Aphrodite reigns over the world. And she, like the thunderer Zeus, has a messenger. Through him she carries out her will. This messenger of Aphrodite is her son Eros, a cheerful, insidious, and sometimes cruel boy. Eros flies on its shining, golden wings over lands and seas, fast and light as a breeze. He holds a small golden bow in his hands and carries an archer with arrows on his shoulder. No one is protected against these golden arrows. Eros hits unmistakably; as an archer he did not yield to the golden-curled archer Apollo himself. When Eros hits the target, his eyes light up with joy, he solemnly raises his curly head high and laughs out loud.

Eros’ arrows bring with them joy, happiness, but they often bring suffering, love torment and even death. These arrows inflicted a great deal of suffering on the golden-curled Apollo himself, on the cloudman Zeus himself.

Zeus knew how much sorrow and evil the son of golden Aphrodite would bring with him into the world, and he wanted him to be killed at birth. But could his mother allow that? She hid Eros in an impassable forest and there, in the forest thickets, they fed the tiny Eros with their milk two ferocious lionesses. Eros has grown up and now he is carried around the world young, beautiful and sows with his arrows in the world now happiness, now sorrow, now good, now evil.


Aphrodite has another helper and companion – the young god of marriage Hymenaeus. He flies with his snow-white wings at the head of the wedding processions. The flame of his wedding torch shines brightly. Choirs of girls call on Jimenez during the wedding, asking him to bless the newlyweds’ marriage and send joy into their lives.