By Barbette Stanley Spaeth
Curiosity in goddess worship is turning out to be in modern society, as ladies search types for female spirituality and wholeness. New cults are constructing round old goddesses from many cultures, even though their smooth adherents frequently envision and interpret the goddesses very another way than their unique worshippers did. during this thematic learn of the Roman goddess Ceres, Barbette Spaeth explores the wealthy complexity of meanings and services that grew up round the goddess from the prehistoric interval to the overdue Roman Empire. particularly, she examines significant innovations, fertility and liminality, and social different types, the plebs and girls, which have been inextricably associated with Ceres within the Roman brain. Spaeth then analyzes a picture of the goddess in a reduction of the Ara Pacis, a massive country monument of the Augustan interval, exhibiting the way it comprises a majority of these diversified roles and institutions of Ceres. This interpretation represents a brand new contribution to artwork heritage. With its use of literary, epigraphical, numismatic, creative, and archaeological proof, The Roman Goddess Ceres offers a extra encompassing view of the goddess than used to be formerly to be had. it is necessary interpreting for all scholars of Classics, in addition to for a basic viewers attracted to New Age, feminist, or pagan spirituality.
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Gabinetto Fotografico. Fot 13417/n. Inv. N. Ih5h9) 11 . Ceres and the nymphs. Relief panel from the southeast corner of the Ara Pacis Augustae. (Courtesy Deutsches Archaologisches Institut. Rome, neg. 1449) 12 • Standing Ceres with kalathos and wheat stalks. Bronze statuette. Paris. Bibliotheque Nationale, (Courtesy Bibliotheque Nationale de France, © cliche: Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris) 13 . Seated Ceres with corona spicea. wheat stalks. and basket of wheat Wall painting from Pompeii.
72 This new attitude toward the mourning of the dead is demanded by a state that must recruit a standing army if it is to survive. After the Battle of Cannae, the Senate had to demand further sacrifice of individuals in the war against Hannibal, and so it may have found a need to silence the disruptive laments of women, who were crying out for peace rather than compliantly accepting further personal loss. HolstWarhaft goes on to note that such attempts to restrict mourning in Athens had to be accompanied by a substitute for the laments of women if they were to gain popular support.
018. (Courtesy Direzione Generale Musei Vaticani. neg. XXXI. 94) 20 . Proserpina. Ceres. and lacchus. Terracotta relief from the Lovatelli urn Rome. Museo Nazionale delle Terme. (Courtesy Alinarif Art Resource. NY. S00610301 AN2023) 21 . Ceres pursuing Hades and Proserpina Marble sarcophagus relief. Aachen. Miinster G 3. (Courtesy Aachen Cathedral © Domkapitel Aachen. Photo by Ann Miinchow, Aachen) 22 . Wheat stalks and poppies of Ceres, clasped hands of Concordia. caduceus of Pa)(. Aureus of Gialba (reverse).