Voluptas

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According to Apuleius, Voluptas or Volupta is the daughter of Cupid and Psyche in Roman mythology.

Voluptas, whose name derives from the Latin for “pleasure” or “delight,” is regarded as the goddess of “sensual pleasures.” She frequently hangs out with the Gratiae, also known as the Three Graces. Volupia is a goddess mentioned by certain Roman writers; the word appears to mean “willingness.” On the Via Nova, close to the Porta Romana, she had a temple called the Sacellum Volupiae. There, sacrifices were made to the Diva Angerona. Hedone is the equivalent goddess in Greek mythology.

Featured image: Banquet of Cupid and Psyche, fresco in Palazzo Te in Mantua.

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