Metamorphoses

Metamorphoses

by

Ovid

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Ceres Character Analysis

Ceres is the goddess of agriculture and plenty. Jealous that more people worship Ceres than Venus, Venus gets her vengeance by arranging for Pluto to kidnap Ceres’s daughter Proserpina. Ceres is ultimately forced to travel to Hades where Pluto has taken Proserpina. She tries to convince Pluto to return Proserpina to land, but only manages to negotiate for Proserpina to spend half her time on land and half in the underworld.

Ceres Quotes in Metamorphoses

The Metamorphoses quotes below are all either spoken by Ceres or refer to Ceres . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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5.3 Quotes

please use words which accord
with the facts of the case. Lord Pluto hasn’t committed a crime
but an act of love. No need for us to feel shame at the marriage,
if only you will accept it, Ceres. Setting aside
all other advantages, Pluto is Jupiter’s brother, no less!

Related Characters: Jupiter (Jove) (speaker), Pluto , Ceres , Proserpina
Page Number: 124
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Ceres Character Timeline in Metamorphoses

The timeline below shows where the character Ceres appears in Metamorphoses. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 5: Calliope’s Song: The Rape of Proserpina
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The Muses’ song first introduces Ceres, the goddess of agriculture and plenty. Then the song explains how the island of Sicily... (full context)
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...to shoot Pluto with one of his arrows and make him fall in love with Ceres’s daughter. She is angry that none of the female goddesses worship her and wants to... (full context)
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One day, Ceres’s daughter Proserpina is picking flowers beside a shady lake. Pluto sees her and falls in... (full context)
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Ceres searches anxiously for her daughter far and wide. At last, she stops at a cottage... (full context)
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Another water nymph—Arethusa—rises from her pool and begs Ceres not to take her anger out on the land. The nymph tells Ceres that she... (full context)
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Jupiter explains to Ceres that Pluto has not committed a crime but an act of love. Even though he... (full context)
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...them into Sirens—birds with human faces. Jupiter decides to settle the conflict between Pluto and Ceres by allowing Proserpina to split her time between Hades and earth. In Hades, she is... (full context)
Book 5: Calliope’s Song: Arethusa
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Once Ceres has her daughter back, she goes back to the nymph Arethusa to hear her life... (full context)
Book 5: Calliope’s Song: Triptolemus and Lyncus
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After she hears Arethusa’s story, Ceres takes her chariot to Athens. There, she gives her chariot to a man named Triptolemus... (full context)
Book 8: Meleager and the Calydonian Boar
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...That year in Calydon, a city near Athens, the king throws a huge festival celebrating Ceres, Minerva, and Bacchus for blessing the region. Diana is forgotten, and she flies into a... (full context)
Book 8: Erysichthon
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...a man named Erysichthon who tried to chop down a sacred oak which grew in Ceres’s ancient woodland. Erysichthon instructs his slave to chop down the oak. The slave chops at... (full context)
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The dryads in Ceres’s wood mourn the loss of the sacred oak. They beg Ceres to punish Erysichthon, and... (full context)
Book 10: Orpheus’ Song: Myrrha
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...Cinyras is sleeping alone for nine nights while his wife participates in a festival for Ceres. The nurse goes to Cinyras and tells him that a girl Myrrha’s age is interested... (full context)