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