I agree with you Zen, the power of this myth is very amazing! Without even seeing him, she was certain that he was not a monster but the loving husband she had always been wishing for. Apollo decreed that Psyche, dressed in black dress, should be brought to the summit of a mountain and stay there alone. She would look everywhere for him and she would prove her love. Absolute silence ruled. To modern days, the myth of Psyche symbolizes a self-search and personal growth through learning, losing, and saving the real love. may they live forever! Love escapes the Soul if betrayed. He felt that she was being raised. Come in and do not be afraid. A modern twist to an old Greek tale: Instead of an innocent beauty, Eros falls for a reckless heartbreaker. Eros and Psyche. They all responded to this appeal and worked hard, separating the seeds, something in which they were experts. Its a fantastic story and i very well enjoyed it. The waters rushed through such abrupt rocks that only a winged creature could approach. It seemed uninhabited and Psyche approached cautiously to admire its splendors. Once upon a time, there was a king who had three wonderful daughters. Of course.. but Apuleius is a Latin poet and writer, therefore, his stories reflect the Roman version of mythology, which is quite different compared to Greek mythology. Her sisters must be right. In the end they are the same. On reaching the waterfall, Psyche realized that the surrounding rocks were slippery and steep. Psyche just said that he was a young hunter. I'm going to give you another chance to prove you that you are as determined as you claim to be. However, there was something that still p… In the love story of Eros (Cupid in Latin) and Psyche (meaning "soul" in Greek), we can see the perseverance of a man even when he is possessed by passion and the effort of a woman to overcome many obstacles in order to achieve the happiness of love. From that moment on, Eros and Psyche lived happily together in their lovely palace, which was always full of roses and other flowers. It was flying with its huge wings above the river when it saw Psyche and fell sympathy for her. During dinner, they heard a wonderful music and drank the most delicious of wines. The whole day she was alone, only accompanied by the voices. Instead of the elixir, there was Morpheus (the god of sleep and dreams) hiding in the box and since the curious Psyche opened it, she fell asleep. She asked Aphrodite to speak to her son and persuade him to get Psyche back. Psyche was the most beautiful girl on Earth, but she was sad and lonely, always admired but never really loved. Whoever wrote this you should be very proud of yourself. And more? keep the myths coming x0x0x0. Thank you very much. This myth is similar to something that has happened to me!!!!! She gave a box to Psyche. Love is also the quest, the path, the very reason of Soul’s existence. *This is an original, maquette sculpture, I made a while ago. Open edition. After the wedding, Psyche was able to be with her husband only at night. Beautiful nonetheless. At first, her husband refused but when Psyche turned out so sad, he told her. If she did, the two would have to separate forever. But Eros also fell in love with Psyche and was completely mesmerized by her beauty. Obedient as usual, Psyche took the path leading to Hades. An encounter as such is a realm of true and tried where the untried are invited to experince truth as an event of two subjects from different camps like what Romeio and Juliet did experienced. However, when they entered the palace, the two older sisters were amazed by all those magnificent treasures. Psyche landed at Eros’ castle and was met by even more invisible servants; she heard their voices, but saw no one. I just took Classical History and we somehow managed to never read any myths…. Why hasn't he ever told me about his life? What about Aeschylus’ version? The name "Psyche" means "Soul" and her union with Eros (aka Cupid) tells the story of how Love and Soul came to be together. I must find out. Psyche – the gorgeous maiden Psyche was a woman gifted with extreme beauty and grace, one of the mortal women whose love and sacrifice for her beloved God Eros earned her immortality. While eating, she heard a soft music around her, like a harp accompanying a numerous choir. This myth had an enormous impact on fairy tales for the next couple of thousand years. The same voice that had guided her told her that her husband would visit her at night. Hence, the jealous sisters persuaded Psyche that her lover is not only an ugly beast but also a monster who would eventually kill her, so she should kill him first to save herself. 'Eros & Psyche', maquette sculpture. Can you see those black waters descending from the hill? At this crucial moment, the Gods, who were watching this wrongdoing all this time, decided to take up action. She had to take it to the Underworld and ask Persephone, queen of the Dead, to drain a little of her beauty into the box. Psyche became, as Greek word “psyche” implies, the deity of soul. This was not fair and she didn't want her family to suffer. Love awakens the Soul. The Greek name for a butterfly is Psyche, and the same word means the soul. I want you to separate these seeds by this afternoon. And indeed, an eagle helped her. It seemed destined to a god, with gold columns, silver walls and floors of inlaid precious stones. Without knowing what else to do, she went to the temple of Aphrodite and prayed to the goddess. Psyche was a woman gifted with extreme beauty and grace, one of the mortal women whose love and sacrifice for her beloved God Eros earned her immortality. Love is a two-scene encouter of loving subjects, to which they endeavor to remain faithful in the same way psyche and eros do. He woke up in pain and saw the light. Zeus then joined Psyche and Eros in eternal marriage. Therefore, Psyche should accomplish three tasks to prove her skills. Why doesn't he allow me to see him? Psyche agreed and Aphrodite led her on a hill. The Metamorphoses remained unknown in the 13th century, but copies began to circulate i… Eros agreed to do so but the moment he saw her, he himself felt his heart pierced by one of his own arrows. Psyche, a beautiful maiden, personifies the human soul. But the encounters would happen in the dark and under no excuse could she see his face. Her grandmother, is Aphrodite. She yelled the poor girl that she would never let her go and she would always be her servant. immortality is but a small step away when in the light of true divine love. As a wedding gift, Zeus made Psyche immortal and allowed her to taste ambrosia, the drink of the Gods. Amazing Myth… , Love is a monster… it started so many wars and it can even start war between friend. It seemed that no man would want her as his wife and this caused great anxiety and distress to her parents. It was known to Latin writers such as Augustine of Hippo, Macrobius, Sidonius Apollinaris, Martianus Capella, and Fulgentius, but toward the end of the 6th century lapsed into obscurity and survived what was formerly known as the "Dark Ages" through perhaps a single manuscript. Signed & dated on the base. When people would see her, they used to say that not even Aphrodite herself could compete Psyche. The prophecy of the god was terrible. Where to stay? If she failed in even one of these tasks, Eros would be lost for ever. They must have been mourning for her and she was alive and happy. Never had she taken such a refreshing bath nor tasted such delicious dishes. Awesome, amazing, wonderful article! Thanks! The Myth of Eros and Psyche. Being jealous due to men’s admiration for Psyche, Goddess Aphrodite asked her son, the powerful master of love, Eros, to poison men’s souls in order to kill off their desire for Psyche. However, she could clearly hear the words: The house is for you. Thank you! According to the story, she wasn’t only the fairest woman in Anatolia (modern-day Turkey), but also the most beautiful one in the world. When she gave Aphrodite the box, the goddess got extremely angry. It seized the bottle from her hands with its beak, filled it with some black water and gave it back to Psyche. She was prepared for the hill as if she were to face her death and with more cries than if they were to drive her to the tomb, they led the young lady to the hill. Because he knows that if you see him, you will disgust in his sight and leave him forever. Indeed, that night, when her husband fell asleep peacefully, she took courage and lit the candle. Although she was confused and curious, she didn’t feel unsafe. He looked her at the eyes and, facing Psyche's distrust, he left their bedroom without uttering a single word. You have not finished your work she said and ordered Psyche to sleep on the ground, without giving her any food, while she leaned in her soft bed. Psyche and Eros. By the way, this story is Roman, not Greek, but it works just as well with the Greek, so that is how I shall tell it. In fact, she is the symbol of the soul purified by passions and misfortunes and who is, from now on, prepared to enjoy eternal happiness. The light did not show a monster but the most beautiful of men. She was being taken into the air, over the rocky hill, to a soft meadow full of flowers. Psyche persuaded Eros to forgive his mother for what she had made her suffer.