Ariadne: Resources for Athenaze


Demeter and Persephone

Demeter and Persephone

As Archidamos and Peloponnesians ravage the countryside around Attica, they pass through the site of Eleusis and the Thriasion Plain, the home of a major cult to Demeter and Persephone. Read about the goddess and her daughter, as the story is told by a Greek mythographer of the 1st or 2nd century:

Greek text of the Story of Demeter and Persephone
Notes to elucidate the story

You can also find the text in Perseus: Library of Apollodoros 1.5.1-3. If the link does not work, copy this link into your browser window:


Photo credit: Marble relief sculpture, Archaic, courtesy of ArtServ at the Australian National University:


Classical Studies
Cornell College

Last Update: July 15, 2008 8:39 am
John Gruber-Miller