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Chapter 8

Chapter 8

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University of Toronto St. George
Daniel James

CHAPTER 8 MYTHS OF THE OLYMPIANS The Female Deities y The female Olympians seem more to be aspects of a single religious concern with the fecund forces in life both natural and human Demeter y The mother goddess who oversaw the fruitfulness of agriculture especially wheat y Wherever wheat was grown her religion was strong especially at the town of Athens and in sicily y Was closely linked to her daughter Persephone they were called the goddesses Hestia y Eldest child of Cronus and Rhea the first swallowed and the last regurgitated y Hearth y Roman Vesta and the most colourful of all the Olympians being nothing more than the fireplace in every house y Protectress of the city the enlarged family which sometimes kept a central hearth y In Athens she was associated with a special building where the magistrates of the city dined together as members of the civic family y Dionsyus took her place in the twelve Olympians y Virgin and never left Olympus y her roman counterpart was treated as chief symbol of the c
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