Demeter Goddess of agriculture

by: Ryan Peterson

Description of Demeter

  • Seen carrying ears of corn and a poppy, or torches

  • She is also seen riding in a chariot drawn by horses or dragons, or on a throne or even with her daughter Persephone

  • In Greek art Demeter tended to resemble Hera

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  • Demeter was the daughter of Cronus and Rhea
  • Her siblings were, Hestia, Hera, Aides, Hades, and Zeus
  • Her daughter Persephone was kidnapped by her brother Hades


  • While playing in a field one day, Persephone is captured and ravished by Hades and taken to the underworld as his wife
  • Demeter searches for her
  • In her grief and anger, Demeter senselessly destroys the earth’s crops and brings about a great drought and famine
  • Zeus made a deal were Persephone is allowed to return to her mother for two thirds of each year
  • The arrival of Persephone is an explanation of spring and summer. Her departure, of fall and winter

Zeuses Destiny

  • Demeter was swallowed by her father Cronus, at first because he learned that his son would overthrow him
  • Her mother Rhea had Zeus and hid him in a cave and then gave Cronus a rock to swallow
  • Cronus was tricked into vomiting the children
  • The younger gods, including Demeter, had a war against the older gods and won the war



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