Ceres in Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology
[DEMETER.] - A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and
mythology, William Smith, Ed.
Ceres in Wikipedia
In ancient Roman religion, Ceres was a goddess of agriculture,
grain crops, fertility and motherly relationships. Her cult
took many forms. She was the central deity in Rome's so-called
plebeian or Aventine Triad, and was paired with her daughter
Proserpina in what Romans described as "the Greek rites of
Ceres". She played an essential role in Roman marriage and in
funeral rites. Her seven-day April festival of Cerealia
included the popular Ludi Ceriales (Ceres' games). She was
honoured in the May lustration of fields at the Ambarvalia
festival, and at harvest-time. Her functions and cults were
held equivalent to those of the Greek goddess Demeter, whose
mythology she came to share...