Female Deities - I Female Deities 1 Aspects a Contrast...

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I. Female Deities 1. Aspects a. Contrast males b. Roles in mythology II. Demeter, Mistress of Wheat 1. Goddess of agriculture, esp. grain 2. De-meter (mother) 3. Sacred city: Eleusis, near Athens 4. Persephone III. Hestia, The Hearth 1. Eldest child of Cronus and Rhea 2. Protector of the home, the city and the large family a. Female role in the family 3. Virgin who never left Olympus 4. Roman Vesta a. Vestal Virgins: Role in Rome. IV. Aphrodite, Goddess of Sexual Love 1. The power of human sexual attraction 2. Her constant companion was Eros (Cupid) a. Son of Ares (or Hermes or Zeus) 3. “Foam Born” (according to Hesiod) a. Also called Cypris or Cytherea 4. Possible Eastern origins a. Inanna, Ishtar, Astarte b. Temple Prostitution (Corinth) V. Hermaphroditis 1. Son of Hermes and Aphrodite VI. Priapus 1. Son of Aphrodite by Hermes or Dionsysus 2. Late figure (Hellenistic Age) a. Popular with Romans b. Appearance VII. Pygmalion 1. King of Cypress 2. He fell in love with a statue (Galatea); Aphrodite made her real.
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