One of the most beautiful love stories from Greek mythology is the story of Psyche and Cupid. According to the story, Cupid (Eros) is the Greco-Roman god of desire, and the son of Venus (Aphrodite) the goddess of love. One day, he fell in love with Psyche, a princess. Psyche was so beautiful that Venus’s followers neglected to worship her. Jealous and angry, Venus told Cupid to make her fall in love with an ugly man. Cupid’s love powers worked like they do in the legends. He would shoot two people with his special arrows, and they would fall in love.
But things didn’t go according to plan. Cupid ended up falling in love with her. Together with the sun god Apollo, Cupid staged a scheme in which Psyche had to marry a serpent to save her people. Therefore, Psyche was taken to a mountain, waiting for the serpent, but naturally there was no serpent. Instead, a cool breeze brought her to a palace, where invisible servants attended to her. She was married there, to a husband she could not see—Cupid—but, regardless, they fell in love.
One day, she received a visit from her sisters. They grew jealous of her luxuries and lied to her, telling her Cupid truly was a serpent, and that she needed to kill him to save her life. Believing them, Psyche went to see Cupid while he was sleeping. She dropped her lamp, rousing him. Disappointed in her lack of trust, he flew away. Psyche spent years looking for him, but she couldn’t find him.
As things turned out, Venus had locked Cupid up in his room; she didn’t want him going after his wife. When Psyche saw Venus, the goddess gave her several challenges, which were meant to be so time-consuming that she would no longer be attractive. Psyche had to clean up an overwhelming mess of grains, gather wool from a golden sheep, and bring water from the mythical River Styx. Psyche succeeded—with the help of amicable ants, a friendly tree, and a friendly eagle—so Venus told her to ask Queen Persephone, who reigned in the underworld, for beauty. Though Psyche’s journey was difficult, she managed to get the beauty, which was inside a box. She opened it on her return journey, but inside there was only never-ending sleep, and she fell into the trap.
Meanwhile, Cupid had escaped. Finding Psyche, he woke her up. They went together to have their marriage authorized by Zeus. And Venus? She was so impressed by Psyche’s skill that she had no more objections.
This story is amazingly wonderful and romantic. Psyche was able to work so hard, and succeed in any challenge, because of how much she loved Cupid. She was able to succeed in all of her tasks; she went to the underworld, and she came back alive. She was willing to risk death, several times over, so that she could find her husband again. She never stopped loving him, even at the beginning when she didn’t entirely know who he was. She was just amazingly brave and pure, and she loved her husband so much.
The same could be said for Cupid, who went through so much difficulty—being locked up by his mother for his own decisions, being unsure in Psyche’s love and trust—only to make the right decision and end up back with her at the end.
This is a lovely, romantic tale, suitable for all fans of love stories or mythology. It teaches us a lot about the meaning of love, and never giving up for what you believe in.