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November 23    Scripture

Mythology & Beliefs: Plutus
In Greek and Roman Mythology, Plutus was the god of wealth.

Plutus in Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (*Plou=tos), sometimes also called Pluton (Aristoph. Pl. 727), the personification of wealth, is described as a son of Iasion and Demeter (Hes. Th. 969, &c.; Hom. Hymn. in Cer. 491, Od. 5.125). Zeus is said to have blinded him, in order that he might not bestow his favours on righteous men exclusively, but that he might distribute his gifts blindly and without any regard to merit (Aristoph. Pl. 90; Schol. ad Theocrit. 10.19). At Thebes there was a statue of Tyche, at Athens one of Eirene, and at Thespiae one of Athena Ergane; and in each of these cases Plutus was represented as the child of those divinities, symbolically expressing the sources of wealth (Paus. 9.16.1, 26.5). Hyginus (Poet. Astr. 2.4) calls him the brother of Philomelus. He seems to have commonly been represented as a boy with a Cornucopia. (Hirt, Mythol. Bilderb. ii. p. 105, &c.) - A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology, William Smith, Ed.
http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3atext%3a1999.04.0104


Plutus in Wikipedia In Greek mythology, Ploutos ("wealth" Πλοῦτος), usually Romanized as Plutus, was equally a son of the pre-Hellenic Cretan Demeter—[1] and the demigod Iasion, with whom she lay in a thrice-ploughed field— and, in the mythic context of Eleusinian Demeter, also the divine child, the issue of the ravisher, the child and boy-double of the "wealthy" Hades (Plouton). Plutus was the personification of wealth. He was also thought to have been the child of Hades and Persephone. Many vase paintings show him with the king and queen of the Underworld...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plutus


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