And when her sisters started searching for her, the unknown husband warned Psyche not to listen or look at them if she wanted to avoid utter ruin and unhappiness. Her beauty was such that she was regarded as a new Goddess of Love, and as her Fame spread many came from distant countries to witness this extraordinary wonder. Benson, Geoffrey C. "Cupid and Psyche and the Illumination of the Unseen." One sweetie from her maidenly hand and he was friends for life. But as a result of this the world had become ugly and dull because as Pleasure, Grace, and Wit had now disappeared from the surface of the earth, nobody cared for their children, or for their friends and lovers, and everybody found even disgusting to show any kind of affection. But Eros, instead of obeying Aphrodite, fell in love with Psyche and visited her every night, although never allowing Psyche to see him. So Eros shut the cloud of sleep up again in the box and roused Psyche with the harmless prick of an arrow. Aphrodite is an ancient Greek goddess associated with love, beauty, pleasure, passion and procreation.She was syncretized with the Roman goddess Venus.Aphrodite's major symbols include myrtles, roses, doves, sparrows, and swans.The cult of Aphrodite was largely derived from that of the Phoenician goddess Astarte, a cognate of the East Semitic goddess Ishtar, whose cult was based on … She contemplated suicide by drowning, but even the waves refused to take her. Princess Psyche was the most amazingly beautiful mortal ever. For there was no poisonous snake, but the sweet and beautiful god gently sleeping. Psyche is known from the story called The Golden Ass, written by Lucius Apuleius in the 2nd century. Although not usually a malicious Goddess, Aphrodite wanted this lovely princess out of the way. Well done! In the meantime, Psyche went on traveling, looking for Eros, who was in no country but in Heaven lying in bed and suffering from the love-disease. Now Hades is very proud of his domain, and doesn’t tolerate the living turning up. 2303: The marriage of Eros and Psyche. Hades sighed and allowed her to return, making a mental note to cancel Cerberus’s doggie chocs for the next hundred years. BBCODE: To link to this page in a forum post or comment box, just copy and paste the link code below: Here's the info you need to cite this page. But as before Psyche could not restrain her curiosity, and thinking besides that taking a tiny touch of the beauty contained in the box would show that she was clever and not a fool who lets go by such an splendid opportunity, she opened the box, but out crept not beauty but truly Stygian sleep, and falling to the ground, she lay like a corpse, the open box beside her. People beholding her gorgeousness were likely to forget their own names and swoon at her feet. For through such a simple device they intended to deprive Psyche of the pleasure of being rich, because, what pleasure is to be found in possessions, they reasoned, if nobody knows about it ? Eros fluttered off and got ready to launch an Arrow of Love at the innocent Psyche. Gemälde Galerie Kulturforum, Berlin. Who says beauty is only skin-deep? Psyche or Psykhe (Ψυχή), in Greek mythology, was a mortal of great beauty even comparable to Aphrodite/Venus, the goddess of beauty.She eventually became the goddess of souls, being deemed worthy of immortality after completing a series of impossible tasks and due to the undying love of Eros/Cupid, her husband.She is also the mother of Hedone/Voluptas.