Himerus was the god of sexual desire and one of the Erotes, the winged gods of love.

Residence: Mount Olympus
Symbols: Bow, Arrows, Lyre, Candles, Hearts, Wings and Kisses
Parents: Ares and Aphrodite
Siblings: Eros, HarmoniaPhobusDeimus, Adrestia and Anterus

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Himerus. Athenian red-figure amphora, c. 5th BC, Antikensammlung Berlin. (c) theoi.com

When Aphrodite was born from the sea-foam’s she was greeted by the twin loves Eros and Himerus. Some say Aphrodite was born pregnant with the twins and birthed them as soon as she was born. The pair remained her constant companions acting as agents of her divine power.

Roman mosaic of the birth of Aphrodite, with Eros and Himerus in attendance. Bardo National Museum. (c) theoi.com
Attic red-figure pelike, c. 370-360 BC, depicting the birth of Aphrodite, with Himerus flying above. Thessaloniki Archaeology Museum. (c) theoi.com

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