The mythological tale of Cupid and Psyche is one of the few Greek and Roman myths that has not fully become assimilated into modern consciousness. Though adapted somewhat into the better known “Beauty and the Beast”—first written by French author Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont as “La Belle et la Bête”—the correlation to the earlier ancient text is relatively unrecognized.
Cupid, known as Eros in Greek, is often still portrayed as a chubby baby cherub with a fondness for arrows, and Psyche is still predominately unknown outside the psychological community –”psyche” means “soul” in ancient Greek and was subsequently utilized in the literature of psychologists.
However, in the ancient world, Cupid and Psyche’s love was well documented and appreciated among the literary scholars. Although its original Greek form is now lost, the length of the text remains within Lucius Apuleius’ ‘The Golden Ass,’ a side anecdote that—in many ways—overshadows the remainder of the novel.