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The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World
John RobertsJohn Roberts

the Greek goddess of corn, identified in Italy with Ceres. She controls all crops and vegetation, and so is the sustainer of life for men and animals. In early epic corn is called ‘Demeter's grain’, and in a Homeric simile ‘blonde Demeter’ herself winnows grain from chaff. Her daughter by Zeus, ... ...

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