Classical Mythology Images and Insight, Third Edition

Homeric Hymn to Demeter 

Summary

Dating from approximately the seventh century B.C, the Homeric Hymn to Demeter offers insight into the rituals which were performed at Eleusis.  

This story by an unknown author tells a version of the Myth of Demeter and Persephone.  In addition to relating the basic plot of the myth, this story includes details on the mythological origin of the rites for Demeter at Eleusis. 

Though this story does not include Demeter's gift of agriculture to Triptolemus it does present many of the other fundamental aspects of the Great Goddess myth. 

Primary Characters

Demeter, Zeus, Hades, Hecate, Keleos, Kallidike, Klesidike, Demo, Kallithoe, Triptolemus, Metaneira, Demophon, Hermes, Persephone, Rhea

Primary Concepts

Eleusis, Eleusinian Mysteries

Web Links

"Homeric Hymn to Demeter" (ed. Hugh G. Evelyn-White):  A translation of the text from the Perseus Project site of Tufts University.  Includes links to articles about specific characters mentioned within the hymn.

Homeric Hymn to Demeter:  Site includes images of Demeter in art, a discussion of Demeter’s role in Greek Mythology, and assorted links.

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