ENG 208 Metamorphoses

ENG 208 Metamorphoses - English 208 Metamorphoses (Ceres and

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English 208 Metamorphoses (Ceres and Proserpina/Pygmalion) 1. Greek and Roman myths typically explain some aspect of the natural world. What natural phenomenon is explained by the myth of Ceres and Proserpina, and how does the myth explain that phenomenon? The natural phenomenon depicted in the story of Ceres and Proserpina is the changing of the seasons in the natural world. When Pluto abducts Proserpina, her mother, Ceres, desperately searches the Earth trying to find her. In her wake, she leaves a barren land with each step (Ovid 5.279-87). Jupiter is resigned to have Proserpina returned from the underworld, as long as she has not partaken of the food of the dead. However, Proserpina has broken her fast by eating seven seeds of a pomegranate, a food of the underworld (Ovid 5.361-74). Since Proserpina had eaten the pomegranate seeds, Jupiter decrees that she must spend half the year by her husband’s side in the underworld, and the other half of the year she spends by her mother (Ovid 414-20). The time Proserpina spends in the underworld is the seasons we know as fall and winter, and the time she spends with her mother is spring and summer. 2.
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This note was uploaded on 01/14/2012 for the course ENG 208 taught by Professor Brewington during the Spring '11 term at Piedmont TC.

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ENG 208 Metamorphoses - English 208 Metamorphoses (Ceres and

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