Season: 5, Episodes: 2, Faction: DHARMA Initiative
Jay was a member of the DHARMA Initiative who worked as a photographer and cameraman.
5×01 – Because You Left
Jay directed the Arrow Orientation video with the assistance of Kyker, which starred Pierre Chang.
Midway through filming one of the takes, Eric burst in to inform Chang of a disturbance that occurred at the Orchid construction site. Chang then left, abandoning the video production. (“Because You Left”)
5×09 – Namaste
Jay was also seen at the arrival of the new recruits to the Island in 1977, taking their group photograph. The photograph was later seen on a wall in the Barracks. (“Namaste”)
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Eros (“Intimate Love”), in Greek mythology, was the primordial god of sexual love and beauty. He was also worshipped as a fertility deity. His Roman counterpart was Cupid (“desire”), also known as Amor (“love”). In some myths, he was the son of the deities Aphrodite and Ares, but according to Plato’s Symposium, he was conceived by Poros (Plenty) and Penia (Poverty) at Aphrodite’s birthday. Like Dionysus, he was sometimes referred to as Eleutherios, “the liberator”.
There appear to have been two different conceptions of Eros in ancient Greek sources. In the earliest sources (the cosmogonies, the earliest philosophers, and the mysteries), he is one of the primeval gods who is intimately involved with the coming into being and ordering of all things in the cosmos. But in the later epigrammatic and erotic poets, Eros is a playful child of Aphrodite whose antics cause unlikely love affairs.
According to Hesiod (c. 700 BC), one of the most ancient of all Greek sources, Eros was one of the primeval gods, the first generation of gods: Eros is the fourth god to come into existence, after Chaos, Gaia (the Earth), and Tartarus (the Underworld). Homer, curiously, does not mention Eros. However, Parmenides (c.400BC), one of the early philosophers, makes Eros the first of all the gods to come into existence. Aristophanes (c. 400BC), probably inspired by Orphism, puts Eros in the second generation of gods, created from an egg laid by Nyx (Night) in the bosom of Erebus (Darkness). Likewise in the Eleusinian Mysteries, Eros was worshiped as Protogonus, the first-born.
In spite of his primordial position in these early sources, Eros did not acquire a strongly defined character in mythology or art until late antiquity. A cult of Eros did exist, but it was much less important than the cult of Aphrodite. In early Greek poetry and art, Eros was depicted as an adult male who embodies sexual power. But in later sources, Eros is depicted in the more familiar form of a child, the child of Aphrodite whose arrows engender passionate love.
In late antiquity, Eros was worshiped by a fertility cult in Thespiae. In Athens, he shared a very popular cult with Aphrodite, and the fourth day of every month was sacred to him.
Alternately, later in antiquity, Eros was the son of Aphrodite and either Ares (most commonly), Hermes or Hephaestus, or of Porus and Penia. Rarely, he was given as the son of Iris and Zephyrus; this Eros was an attendant of Aphrodite, harnessing the primordial force of love and directing it into mortals.
The erotes are a group of winged gods and demi-gods from Classical mythology, associated with love and sex, and part of Aphrodite’s retinue. The collective term ἔρωτες – erotes is simply the plural of ἔρως – eros, or “desire”.
Stories of the erotes’ mischief or pranks were popular in Hellenistic culture. The figures were common motifs in classical art, often symbolizing various aspects of love. Other depictions include individual erotes as characters, particularly the offspring of Ares and Aphrodite: Eros, Anteros, Himeros and Pothos. The individual erotes are sometimes linked to particular aspects of love, such as unrequited love. In some traditions, erotes have an especial influence over homoerotic love.
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The erotes are a group of winged gods in Classical mythology. They are associated with love and sexual desire, and form part of Aphrodite’s retinue. The individual erotes are sometimes linked to particular aspects of love, and are often associated with same-sex desire. Sometimes the erotes are regarded as manifestations of a singular god, Eros.
Stories of the erotes’ mischief or pranks were a popular theme in Hellenistic culture, particularly in the 2nd century BCE. Spells to attract or repel erotes were used, in order to induce love or the opposite. Different erotes represented various facets of love or desire, such as unrequited love (Himeros), mutual love (Anteros) or longing (Pothos).
The erotes were usually portrayed as nude, handsome, winged youths. The earliest known sculptured friezes depicting a group of erotes and winged maidens driving chariots pulled by goats, were created to decorate theatres in ancient Greece in the 2nd century BCE. The representation of erotes in such friezes became common, including erotes in hunting scenes. Due to their role in the classical mythological pantheon, the erotes’ representation is sometimes purely symbolic (indicating some form of love) or they may be portrayed as individual characters. The presence of erotes in otherwise non-sexual images, such as of two women, has been interpreted to indicate a homoerotic subtext. In the cult of Aphrodite in Anatolia, iconographic images of the goddess with three erotes symbolized the three realms over which she had dominion: the Earth, sky, and water.