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Erotes: The Winged Gods of Love & Sexual Desire Empowerment
Founder: Gabriela Yasmin Szafman
The erotes are a group of winged gods and demi-gods from Classical mythology, associated with love and sex, and part of Aphrodite’s retinue.
The collective term erotes is simply the plural of eros or “desire”.
Stories of the erodes’ mischief or pranks were popular in Hellenistic culture.
The figures were common motifs in classical art, often symbolizing various aspects of love.
Other depictions include individual erotes as characters, particularly the offspring of Ares and Aphrodite: Eros, Anteros, Himeros and Pothos.
The individual erotes are sometimes linked to particular aspects of love, such as unrequited love.
In some traditions, erotes have an especial influence over homoerotic love.
The erotes were the winged gods of love, a multiplication of the primal Eros.
Their number was varied.
Hesiod describes a pair, Eros (Love) and Himeros (Desire), who were present at the birth of Aphrodite.
Later writers add a third, Pothos (Passion), to create a tidy triad.
Twin Erotes, Eros and Anteros (love reciprocated) were often portrayed gracing the scales of love.
Later the lyric poets multiplied them into a numberless host of winged putti.
The Erotes were creatures of poetic invention with no distinct mythology of their own.
In Greek vase painting these love-spirits were depicted as winged youths or children.
In early vase painting children were depicted as miniature youths.
In later art, especially mosaic, they were represented as putti (winged babies).
The individual erotes are sometimes linked to particular aspects of love, and are often associated with same-sex desire.
Sometimes the erotes are regarded as manifestations of a singular god, Eros.
Stories of the erotes’ mischief or pranks were a popular theme in Hellenistic culture, particularly in the 2nd century BCE.
Spells to attract or repel erotes were used, in order to induce love or the opposite.
Different erotes represented various facets of love or desire, such as unrequited love (Himeros), mutual love (Anteros) or longing (Pothos).
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