Getting to the Heart of Valentine's Day

Albert B. Lowenfels, MD


February 11, 2019

When Cupid Strikes

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The modern-day depiction of Cupid, the god of desire and love, as a chubby, naked boy with an arrow dates back to the Hellenistic period. A wound from Cupid's arrow caused the affected person to fall swiftly and blindly in love for no apparent reason.[7]

Shakespeare wrote about the impetuous nature of love in a reference to Cupid in the first scene of A Midsummer's Night Dream:

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.

To this day, love falling outside the realm of sober reason is referred to as "blind."


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