Marvelous Things Photography

Stater from Delphi, Phocis (Amphictyonic Issues) c. 336-335 BC
On the coin is Demeter wreathed with ears of wheat and veiled. On the reverse is Apollo Pythios, laureate and wearing a chiton, seated on omphalos draped with himation; his elbow rests on a lyre and his hand supports his chin; a long laurel branch rests diagonally across him; in the field is tripod: ΑΜΦI - KTIO - NΩN inscription in exergue.
An amphictyonic league (“league of neighbors”) was an association of neighboring states formed around a religious center. The most important was the Delphic Amphictyony. Originally composed of 12 tribes dwelling around Thermopylae, including Phocis, the league was centered first on the shrine of Demeter and later became associated with the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. The League doctrine required that no member would be entirely wiped out in war and no water supply of any member would be cut even in wartime. It did not prevent members from fighting about the dominance over the temples.
In 356 BC Phocians captured and sacked Delphi, and sacred war was declared against them. After a ten-year war the Phocians were expelled from the League in 346 BC and their two votes were given to Macedonians who had helped to defeat them. Philip II of Macedonia used its power to further his expansionist conquests in Greece. The coin above was struck in the year of or the year after Philip II’s son Alexander (the Great) became King of Macedon.

In the Orchard by Franz Dvorak

Demeter from Cnidus  After Skopas  Marble  Circa 340-330 B.C.  British Museum London  detail


Demeter was the goddess of harvest, who presided over grains and the fertility of the earth, daughter of Cronus and Rhea, sister of Zeus, Hera, Hades, Poseidon and Hestia and mother of Persephone, Despoina, Arion, Plutus and Philomenus.
Demeter’s virgin daughter Persephone was abducted to the underworld by Hades. Demeter searched for her ceaselessly, preoccupied with her loss and her grief. The seasons halted; living things ceased their growth, then began to die. Faced with the extinction of all life on earth, Zeus sent his messenger Hermes to the underworld to bring Persephone back. Hades agreed to release her, but gave her a pomegranate. When she ate the pomegranate seeds, she was bound to him for one third of the year, either the dry Mediterranean summer, when plant life is threatened by drought, or the autumn and winter.
michelle fairley as demeter

Eve Reid, Demeter   

Ähren by johannesbauer

Lonely Boy by blueverbena on Flickr.

In Greek mythology, Ploutos (Latin spelling: Plutus, not to be confused with Pluto, the Roman god of the underworld) is the god of wealth.
Ploutos is a son of Demeter, the Olympian goddess of agriculture, and the hero Jason (Iasion).
He was blinded by Zeus, so he would distribute wealth indiscrimately and without favor towards the good or the virtuous.
Ploutos is usually depicted as a young boy holding a cornucopia - a large horn-shaped container filled with agricultural riches like flowers and nuts, and is therefor a symbol of abundance and nourishment.
He is shown the company of his mother Demeter, but in sculpture he is more often shown as an infant in the arms of either Eirene, the goddess of peace, or Tykhe, the goddess of fortune.

Fire in the sky (Denmark) by Landscapes

August Trees on the Delta by  A. F. Litt

Seated on the right is Demeter with Her head veiled in mourning for Her daughter Persephone. Aphrodite is seated opposite consulting with Her son Eros at the center who holds the scales (made from a separate piece of marble) to determine how long Persephone will stay in the Underworld.  (Marble, Dolomitic from the Greek island of Thasos; about 450–440 B.C. now in the Boston Museum…)

.:Forgiving:. by DanCrystalis