I had always believed from previous readings that Eros (Cupid), the archer-god of love, was the son of Aphrodite, and his father wasn't mentioned. I now read in Eros's entry on Theoi.com that his parentage is variously ascribed to:
- Gaea and Ouranos
- Aphrodite and Ares
- Aphrodite and Ouranos
- The primordial Chaos, also called the goddess Nyx
- Iris (the rainbow) and Zephryos (the West Wind)
- a few other couples whose names I don't recognize
Given that we're talking about stories which are like three millennia old, is there any way to determine who are the "right" mother and father for Eros? Is it by virtue of volume? (that is, the most myths have him as the child of X and Y, so we're calling that "correct") Is it by whatever stories are oldest? Is it by whichever myth had the most adherents at the time?
I've never seen a deity's origins quite so varied, so I'm not sure which, if any, to declare as "the right one."