08 Mosaic , Olympian deities, Roman wall painting from Pompeii, with footnotes, #10

Unknown artist
Venus and Cupid Punished

Pompeian fresco
cm 154 x 116
Naples National Archaeological Museum

Eros brought by Peïtho to Venus; Anteros laughs at him because he is being punished for having chosen the wrong target.

In Greek mythology, Peitho is the goddess who personifies persuasion and seduction. Her Roman equivalent is Suada or Suadela. She is the goddess of charming speech. She is typically presented as an important companion of Aphrodite.

There is evidence that Peitho was referred to as a goddess before she was referred to as an abstract concept, which is rare for a personification. Peitho represents both sexual and political persuasion. She is associated with the art of rhetoric. More on Peitho

In Greek mythology, Anteros was the god of requited love (literally “love returned” or “counter-love”) and also the punisher of those who scorn love and the advances of others, or the avenger of unrequited love. More on Anteros

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