Unit viii reading notes classical myth: myths of the olympians - the female deities. Demeter - the force that makes grain sprout from the seed. Hestia - life of the house, where the fire burns and sustenance is prepared. Aphrodite - horrific power of sexual attraction, indifferent to human happiness as it ensures the creation of a new generation. Artemis - wealth of the wild, where game abounds. Athena - no clear relationship with fertility. Skill in female crafts, especially weaving demeter, mistress of wheat. Mother-goddess who oversaw the fruitfulness of agriculture. Both in myth and in cult, demeter was closely linked to her daughter persephone. The eldest child of cronus and rhea. Most colorless of the olympians, nothing more than the fireplace in every home. Defined internal space of the female world - duty of women to tend to the domestic fire. According to many accounts, dionysus took her place among the twelve olympians.