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Notebook, 1993-

ANCIENT GREEK CULTURE

[From: Kyriazis, Constantine D. Eternal Greece. Translated by Harry T. Hionides. A Chat Publication.]

Demigods and Heros - Achilles - Aegisthus - Agamemnon - Ajax the Locrian - Ajax the Telamonian - Alcestis - Amphiaraos - Amphitrite - Antigone - Atalanta - Belerophon - Cadmus - Clytemnestra - Daedalus - Danae - Dioscuri - Electra - Europa - Eurydice - Ganymede - Hector - Hecuba - Helen - Heracles - Hippolytus - Icarus - Io - Iphigenia - Jason - Leda - Menelaus - Minos - Nestor - Niobe - Odysseus - Oedipus - Orestes - Medea - Orpheus - Paris - Pasiphae - Pelops - Penelope - Perseus - Phaedra - Phaethon - Phrixus - Priam - Telemachus - Theseus - Triptolemus

Triptolemus

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The son of Celeus, king of Eleusis, and Meganeira, who was a favourite of the goddess Demeter, he was the inventor of the plough, he was the first to sow wheat and barley at Eleusis. According to the tradition, Triptolemus was not only a benefactor of Eleusis. He visited also Attica and at the bidding of Demeter, who had presented him with a winged car drawn by serpents, he extended the cultivation of grain round the world. Besides Eleusis, Triptolemus had a sanctuary and altar at Athens to which were dedicated as in the case of Demeter and Kore the first fruits of the Harvest. According to tradition, he had introduced the festival of the Thesmophoria in Athens. He was even believed to have introduced laws to the city and he was reputed to have become after his death a judge in Hades. Triptolemus was one of a trinity with Demeter and Persephone, and it was said that he introduced the worship of Demeter and the Kore to Eleusis. The Triptolemus story had been a subject of inspiration to the artists of antiquity who usually portrayed him as a young man with a sceptre in one hand and ears of corn in the other which were the symbols of his power and the fertility of nature. [p. 79]

[Kyriazis, Constantine D. Eternal Greece. Translated by Harry T. Hionides. A Chat Publication.]




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