Cupid’s Leaden Arrow


'Cupid and Psyche' (1817) by Jacques-Louis David Wikimedia Commons

It’s Valentine’s Day again, which summons images of mythic Cupid and his bow. But we often forget that Cupid has TWO arrows in his quiver: the golden arrow of desire and the leaden arrow of aversion. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick discuss the mythic lead-slinger and the nature of his gray metal.

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Topics in this Podcast: mythology, elements, history