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Demeter (Ceres) Sightings

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Dec 20, 2019

The Metamorphoses

In Book 5, Ovid puts a Roman spin on the Greek myth of Persephone's abduction. Demeter's a main player, of course. You know the story already, but don't get confused by the names. Greeks and Romans did it a little differently, but the story's the same.

Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

The Tempest

The character of Ceres shows up looking for her lost daughter in a play within a play in Shakespeare's The Tempest. Leave it to Shakespeare to get all meta.

Dec 20, 1889

"Demeter and Persephone"

This poem by Lord Alfred Tennyson makes us forget that Demeter and Persephone are goddesses. We feel their pain like we would for any human. Now that's poetry.

Dec 20, 1968

Avengers #50 - Marvel Comics

The goddess of grain shows up to lend a hand to Marvel's ultimate team of superheroes. There's nothing a good farming technique can't handle.

Dec 20, 1999


Carol Ann Duffy's short poem gives the story of Demeter and Persephone a more positive spin than we're used to. She puts aside the nastiness of separation and recounts the moment in which Demeter sees her daughter returning from the Underworld; as you can imagine, the goddess of agriculture is happy as can be.

Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series

Demeter is mentioned in places throughout this series by Rick Riordan, but she only puts in an appearance in two books: The Titan's Curse and The Last Olympian.

Dec 20, 2019

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

The goddess of agriculture makes a cameo in the Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief movie (keep an eye out for her when Percy gives the Master Bolt to Zeus).

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