The Impossible Love of Apollo and Daphne

Feb 13, 2019 340

Never mess with Cupid. He is easily offended. When Apollo, the god of sun and music, of poetry and art, mocked Eros (Cupid), the god of love and desire, taunting him as the lesser archer, Cupid decided he would prove Apollo otherwise. So he shot Apollo with a golden arrow, making him fall hopelessly in love with the river nymph Daphne; at the same time, he shot Daphne with a lead arrow, which caused her to feel an aversion for Apollo and a desire to flee from him.

This is one of the most famous stories from ancient Greek mythology, often reprised by Roman authors, including Ovid in his Metamorphoses. In the myth, a person struck by the golden arrow is filled with uncontrollable desire, and the one struck by the lead arrow feels aversion and wants only to flee.

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