Ceres
   , CEREAL
   Ceres, the ancient Roman goddess of agriculture (identified with Greek Demeter), was patroness particularly of grain, or cereal, and plants. The Latin adjective form is cerealis, "relating to Ceres." She was especially the corn goddess, and, despite her many celestial responsibilities, found time to have a daughter by Jupiter, Proserpine. One day while playing in a field of daffodils, Proserpine was abducted by Pluto, king of Hades, who carried her off to rule as his queen. Ceres was frantic and could not be consoled. She neglected the fruits and grains and all withered and died.
   The problem was confounded when a prolonged drought struck. The people prayed to Jupiter, the king of the gods in Roman mythology, for rain, and their prayers were answered. The rains came. Then Jupiter ordered Pluto to release Proserpine so that she could spend six months of the year with her mother. Ceres was so delighted that she let the grains grow high during Proserpine's period with her. The people were delighted, too, and they showed their gratitude by building temples in her honor and worshiped her in festivities ca1led Cerealia. We don't know whether Kellogg, Post, and the other manufacturers of American cereals pay homage to Ceres, but certainly the American people do as they eat their breakfast cereal.

Dictionary of eponyms. . 2013.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Ceres — commonly refers to: Ceres (dwarf planet), smallest of the five identified dwarf planets, originally classified as a planet, and later as the largest asteroid, and then most recently as a dwarf planet Ceres (Roman mythology), the Roman goddess of… …   Wikipedia

  • Ceres — Cérès Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. « Cérès » fait généralement référence à : Cérès, déesse romaine de l agriculture, des moissons et de la fécondité ; (1) Cérès,… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • CERES — Saturni et Opis filia, frugum inventrix, et cultûs terae. Virg. l. 1. Georg. v. 147. Prima Ceres ferrô mortales vertere terram Instituit: cum iam glandes atque arbuta sacrae Deficerent silvae, et victum Dodona negaret. Ex qua Iuppiter Proserpinam …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Ceres — CERES, ĕris, Gr. Δημήτηρ, τρος, (⇒ Tab. IX.) 1 §. Namen. Der Namen Ceres soll nach einigen von Gero, ich trage, herkommen, und so viel, als Geres seyn, weil die Erde, die durch die Ceres bemerket wird, Früchte trage. Cicero de N.D. l. II. c. 26.… …   Gründliches mythologisches Lexikon

  • Ceres — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda El término Ceres puede referirse a: Ceres, el planeta enano ubicado en el cinturón de asteroides del sistema solar, también denominado (1) Ceres; Ceres, la diosa de la tierra y de la agricultura en la mitología… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Ceres — Ceres, Celestial Legend Ayashi no Ceres яп. 妖しのセレス Аяси но Сэрэсу (Киридзи) Подозрительная Церера (неоф.рус) Жанр сёдзё, романтика, фэнтези, приключения Манга Автор Юу Ватасэ …   Википедия

  • Cérès — astéroïde de 900 km de diamètre, qui parcourt autour du Soleil une orbite de 2,8 UA en 1 680 jours. Cérès déesse latine des Moissons, identifiée à la Déméter grecque. ⇒CÉRÈS, subst. fém. MYTH. CLASS. [P. allus. à la déesse des moissons, symbole… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Ceres —    CERES, a parish, in the district of Cupar, county of Fife; containing, with the villages of Chance Inn and Craigrothie, 2944 inhabitants, of whom 1079 are in the village of Ceres, 2¼ miles (S. E.) from Cupar. This place, of which the name is… …   A Topographical dictionary of Scotland

  • CERES — may refer to:* CERES Community Environment Park (Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies), a community environmental park in Melbourne, Australia. * Clouds and the Earth s Radiant Energy System, an on going NASA… …   Wikipedia

  • Ceres — Ceres, griech. Demeter, d.h. Erdmutter (nach anderer Ableitung die Gerstengeberin), in der Religion der Griechen und Römer von großer Wichtigkeit. Sie ist die Spenderin des Aerntesegens, durch ihre Tochter Proserpina die unterirdische zeugende… …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • Ceres — Ceres, CA U.S. city in California Population (2000): 34609 Housing Units (2000): 10773 Land area (2000): 6.937592 sq. miles (17.968279 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 6.937592 sq. miles… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”