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The myth of Cupid and Psyche - Brendan Pelsue

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Psyche was born so beautiful that she was worshipped as a new incarnation of Venus, the goddess of love. But human lovers were too intimidated to approach her, and Apollo recommended her father abandon her on a crag where she would marry “a cruel and savage, serpent-like winged evil.” But Psyche’s story ended up being much more interesting. Brendan Pelsue shares the myth of Cupid and Psyche.

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  • Educator Brendan Pelsue
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  • Composer Cem Misirlioglu
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  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
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  • Narrator Adrian Dannatt
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Here is a version of the Myth of Psyche from an ancient Roman novel called The Metamorphoses, or, sometimes, The Golden Ass, which was written by Lucius Apuleius in the second century AD.

Here is a version of the Myth of Psyche from Bulfinch’s Mythology, a compendium of Greek and Roman myths written by an American banker named Charles Bulfinch in the 19th century.


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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Brendan Pelsue
  • Director Jeremiah Dickey
  • Composer Cem Misirlioglu
  • Associate Producer Jessica Ruby
  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Narrator Adrian Dannatt
  • See more