Demeter Essays

  • Aphrodite and Demeter

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    Aphrodite and Demeter Every culture has some form of higher being, to be a model for their behaviour, as well as to look up to. In Greek times, these were the gods and goddesses who made their home on Mount Olympus. Women identified with the goddesses because they shared some feminine attributes. Goddesses were a “symbol of motherhood and fertility, but also of strength, wisdom, caring, nuturing, temperance, chastity, cunning, trickery, jealousy, and lasciviousness” (Clarke, 1999). However,

  • Homeric Hymn To Demeter

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    considering the character of the goddess Demeter as she appears in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter. Demeter is motherly and nurturing, reasonable and respectful, and she can also be incredibly vengeful when angered. Firstly, The goddess of Demeter embodies the role of a mother, not only to her daughter Persephone, but to everyone. She is responsible for the growing of grain and provides food for mortals, providing nourishment for them as a mother would to her baby. Demeter is eventually given the responsibility

  • Demeter Essay

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    Demeter Name of Deity: My deity’s is Demeter, but she is also known by her several cults as Sito, which means “she of the grain,” Thesmophoros, which means “law bringer,” and was given the name Ceres in her Roman counterpart. The Name Thesmophoria is also for her festival for women that come from her name of Thesmophoros. Location of Origin: Demeter was worshiped all throughout the Aegean civilization of Greece, but mostly in Crete and the mainland (Cartwright). The temple of Demeter in Sangri

  • Demeter Research Paper

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    the flowers bloom, in summer the sun beats hot, in the fall the leaves fall and flowers die, in the winter it gets colder. In Greek mythology they believed that Demeter was the cause of the seasonal changes. Demeter has an unusual family history, she went through many things that made her how they see her in Ancient Greece today. Demeter has many things that represent her as a goddess and that are considered to be sacred. Demeter’s family history is very unusual. Demeter’s father is Kronus and his

  • The Mourning of Demeter and Ceres

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    have slightly different outcomes. The key characters, Demeter (Ceres), Zeus (Jove), Persephone (Prosperine), and Hades (Pluto) are in both versions of the myth. Other characters that interact with the key characters such as Aphrodite (Venus) and Eros (Cupid) are only in one version of the myth. In both versions of the myth, Persephone is taken by Hades for different reasons and she is returned to Demeter for only parts of the year. Demeter is told who kidnapped her daughter by different people in

  • Demeter: The Greek Goddess Of The Harvest

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    Do you know who Demeter is? Demeter is the Greek Goddess of agriculture and of the harvest. Some considered her the goddess of health, birth, and marriage. Demeter is a kind and generous Greek Goddess, and she enjoyed spending time on Earth. Demeter has a slightly complicated family tree. She is the daughter of Cronus and Rhea. Cronus heard of a prophecy that one of his children would overpower him, so he swallowed the babies. Demeter was one of them, and stayed in his stomach until he was

  • Comparison: The Hymn to Demeter & Ovid's Metamorphosis

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    unique insights from different authors. The Hymn to Demeter and Ovid's Metamorphosis provide and insight to Demeter's love for her daughter, Persephone, and explores its affect on the surrounding environments. The theme of separation and isolation is present in both of these myths, however, in Ovid's Metamorphosis, he symbolizes the environment in important events, has characters playing different roles, and empowers female deities. In the Hymn to Demeter, the rape of Persephone starts with her picking

  • Goddess Demeter Research Paper

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    especially the beautiful Goddess Demeter. Demeter went threw a lot in her back round of life and is the reasons that we have seasons. Although Goddess Demeter is best known for being the Greek Goddess of vegetation and fruit she is also known for natures control of life and her heroic act of sharing agriculture. Goddess Demeter is one of three daughter of Cronus and his wife Rhea. Demeter has a total of five siblings including Zeus, Poseidon, Hera, Hades ,and Hestia. Demeter was in love with her brother

  • Fertility Myths with Demeter and Persephone and Amaterasu

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    Compare or contrast two major female fertility deities as to character, activities and role in the myth. In the myths of the ancient world, a great deal of importance is placed on the rhythmical cycle of birth, maturity, death and rebirth. Ancient agrarian people observed the world around them, and from this observation they realized that their lives as well as every other living thing on this planet was a part of an intricate continuing cycle. Everything withered and died, but not before reproducing

  • Greek Mythology: A Look at Demeter, Goddess of the Harvest

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    two parts of her name “de” and “meter” are Greek for the words “earth” and “mother” respectively, so her name literally means “Earth Mother” (Webster). This title which Demeter holds is appropriate, given her area of rule. In Roman mythology, Demeter goes by the name of Ceres (Daly 39). In Greek mythology, the Greeks portray Demeter as the goddess of grain and agriculture (Webster). She presides over the harvest of crops and cares for the earth’s fertility and agriculture (Daly 39). Because of this

  • How The Power Struggle In Homeric Hymn To Demeter

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    It is in The Homeric Hymn to Demeter that one can see that there are constant struggles on Olympus. It seems that the gods are always in some sort of power struggle and one of the largest struggles are between the gods and the goddesses. This power struggle is for control over immortality, and the power to also control life and death. It is when Zeus, “the father of gods and men,” loses his control of life, death, and ultimately immortality to Demeter, that he reassesses his decisions (Harris

  • Demeter By Edith Hamilton Literary Devices

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    Demeter the daughter of Cronus and Rhea was the goddess of harvest and fertility. The poet, Edith Hamilton, reveals the sorrow of a mother who has lost a child in the mythical "Demeter." The speaker laments on the consequences the natural cycles will receive due to this suffering Demeter is experiencing. Edith uses imagery of dry land and loss to express the agony a mother endures when losing a child. Furthermore, the speaker uses allusion to explain the consequences the society is suffering. In

  • Parallel Lives: Demeter and Penelope in Homer's Odyssey

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    her through Hermes to release Odysseus. She cites Artemis, who shot Orion after Dawn took him, and likens herself to Demeter, who made love with Iasion, before Zeus struck him down. However, in Homer’s Hymn to Demeter, wherein the goddess loses her daughter Persephone because of Zeus’ schemes, she is portrayed in a way that more closely resembles Penelope rather than Calypso. Demeter and Penelope are put in identical circumstances: they are cheated by the gods, who kidnapped Persephone and delayed

  • Life and Death: A comparison of the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Homeric Hymn to Demeter

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    world, different cultures have similar and dissimilar views concerning a variety of topics. Of the most widely discussed topics, life and death are by far two of the most important and influential for any culture. The ancient Greek Homeric Hymn to Demeter and the Babylonian epic of Gilgamesh are perfect examples of cultures views on life and the afterlife. In this paper, I will attempt to demonstrate the views of both cultures on life and death, as well prove how these views influenced the daily lives

  • The Myth Of Demeter's Mood

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    The myth of “Demeter” has transitions of mood similar to the transitions of the seasons. The myth of Demeter starts when Demeter's daughter, Persephone is captured by Hades into the Underworld because he fell in love with her. Demeter withheld harvest until Zeus returned her daughter and the world suffered. Eventually, Zeus returns Persephone from the Underworld, but since Persephone had eaten 6 pomegranate seeds in the underworld, Zeus determined that she would spend 6 months with her mother and

  • Hymn To Demeter

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    Some people believe that the Homeric Hymn to Demeter is also an example of a Charter myth in which it validates a ritual of Arranged Marriages. Despite featuring a forced marriage between Persephone and Hades, the Hymn does not give the authorization of the cultural practice, arranged marriages like other charter myths. The Homeric Hymn to Demeter actually describes the negative impacts of the marriage like the emotional toll on her mother, Demeter, in which, she caused an almost fatal famine. One

  • Describe The Relationship Between Deimeter And Persephone

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    eats the Pomegranate seeds depicts how the Homeric Hymn to Demeter (HH 2) is an allegory for the origin of the cycle of seasons. In a metaphorical sense, Persephone represents springtime since she is depicted to be picking flowers throughout the meadows (HH 6). This provides imagery to help the reader relate Persephone to the season. Additionally, spring is considered full of life and fertility symbolizing the strong relationship between Demeter and Persephone. However, Hades juxtaposes Persephone and

  • Protection In Literature and Life

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    Protect (v): to guard or shield from attack or injury. In many pieces of literature, and in many life tales, the concept of protection is a common value. In the ancient Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone, Demeter tries to protect her daughter, Persephone, when she is kidnapped by Hades. In the Jewish story of the escape from Egyptian slavery, God sent many plagues to protect his people from the torture of the king. However, people haven’t stopped protecting one another in modern day. In my own

  • Ancient Myths: The Bacchae by Euripides

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    chopping the head off her own son, a twist to the everyday myth. In “Demeter and Persephone,” although Persephone is a female, it seems as though Demeter cares and protects her daughter more than Agave ever did for her "male" child. Agave doesn't even talk about her daughter Epirus; another hint of the importance of females in ancient myths. Unlike Agave, we have Frigg, from “Bacchae,” who goes to the end of the world like Demeter to make sure that they have done everything in their power to keep Balder

  • The Eleusinian Mysteries

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    initiation or epopteia (Mylonas 239). In the myths of Demeter and Persephone, Demeter instituted the Mysteries in response to the return of her daughter after she was abducted by Hades and taken to the Underworld, giving the cult an origin (Johnston 378). The relationship between initiates and the two goddesses was that Persephone was expected to favor them in their afterlife (378). The Lesser Mysteries were closely related to Persephone, but Demeter was still viewed as an honored guest (Mylonas 240)