Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology

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(Δηµήτηρ/Dēmḗtēr; Latin Ceres)

A. Myth

D., daughter of Kronos and Rhea and one of the twelve Olympian deities, is the goddess of agriculture and fertility. She also functions as the patroness of married women. Her daughter Persephone (Latin Proserpina) is born of the union of D. and Zeus. Without consulting her mother, Zeus cedes Persephone to Hades as wife, and Hades abducts the girl and takes her into the Underworld. D. spends nine days searching the whole earth for her daughter, before H…

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Moser, Christian, “Demeter”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 13 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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