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What Were the 4 Tasks Psyche Had to Complete?

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Psyche Revived by the Kiss of Amor (Love). Antonio Canova (Italian, 1757–1822) Marble, 1793.

Psyche Revived by the Kiss of Amor (Love). Antonio Canova (1757–1822).

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Question: What Were the 4 Tasks Psyche Had to Complete?
Answer: The taskmaster in the story of Cupid and Psyche was Cupid's mother, the love goddess Venus or Aphrodite. Venus had never liked Psyche, so the opportunity of putting her to a series of tests gave Venus a chance to demand the seemingly impossible. In order for Psyche to win back her husband, Cupid, Venus set 4 seemingly impossible tasks before Psyche:
  1. sorting out a huge pile of seeds
  2. retrieving the Golden Fleece,
  3. filling a flask from the water that fills the River Styx, and
  4. returning from the Underworld with a box of the beauty ointment of Proserpina (aka Persephone).
Cupid is also known as Amor or Eros, words for love.

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