CUPID (Cupido, " desire "), the Latin name for the god of love, EROS (q.v.). Cupid is generally identical with Amor. The idea of the god of love in Roman poetry is due to the influence of Alexandrian poets and artists, in whose hands he degenerated into a mischievous boy with essentially human characteristics. His usual attribute is the bow. For the story of Cupid and Psyche, see under PSYCHE.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)