Alphabetarion # Psyche | Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1958


Hiram Powers, Psyche, 1848


“A light … seems to shine from the interior of the marble,
and beam forth from the features.”

 Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1858

According to Greek mythology, Psyche was a beautiful maiden who fell in love with
Cupid. Cupid’s mother, Aphrodite, was jealous of Psyche’s beauty and tried to keep
the lovers apart. Eventually, however, Aphrodite realized that Cupid and Psyche
were destined to be together and so she made Psyche immortal. Psyche is also the
 Greek word for ​“soul” and ​“butterfly.”

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