Origin of DemeterClassical Greek D?m?t?r from Gr(Doric) Damat?r from da- (? name for the earth) + mat?r, mother
The goddess of the harvest, daughter of Rhea and Cronus and mother of Persephone.
Origin of DemeterGreek Dēmētēr ; see māter- in Indo-European roots.
OriginSee also: Démétér
From Ancient Greek Δημήτηρ (Dēmētēr), from γῆ (gē) + μήτηρ (mētēr).
- But when Greek deities were introduced into Rome on the advice of the Sibylline books (in 495 B.C., on the occasion of a severe drought), Demeter, the Greek goddess of seed and harvest, whose worship was already common in Sicily and Lower Italy, usurped the place of Ceres in Rome, or rather, to Ceres were added the religious rites which the Greeks paid to Demeter, and the mythological incidents which originated with her.
- Of the river Selinus, lie the ruins of a temple of Demeter, with a propylon leading to the sacred enclosure: the temple itself has a cella with a narrow door and without columns.
- DEMETER, in Greek mythology, daughter of Cronus and Rhea and sister of Zeus, goddess of agriculture and civilized life.
- At Eleusis, Demeter was venerated as the introducer of all the blessings which agriculture brings in its train - fixed dwelling-places, civil order, marriage and a peaceful life; hence her name Thesmophoros, " the bringer of law and order," and the festival Thesmophoria.
- At Eleusis also, Triptolemus, the son of Celeus, who was said to have invented the plough and to have been sent by Demeter round the world to diffuse the knowledge of agriculture, had a temple and threshing-floor.