In Roman mythology, Cupid (Latin cupido, meaning "desire") is
the god of desire, affection erotic love. He is also known by
another one of his Latin names, Amor (cognate with Kama). He
is the son of goddess Venus and god Mars.
In popular culture Cupid is frequently shown shooting his bow
to inspire romantic love, often as an icon of Valentine's Day.
He is now in the current culture the personification of love
and courtship in general.
For the equivalent deity in Greek mythology, see Eros...
was, like Amor and Voluptas, a modification of the Greek Eros,
whose worship was carried to Rome from Greece. (Cic. apud
Lactant. 1.20. 14; Plaut. Cure. 1.1, 3; see EROS.) - A
Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology, William