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θάλλει δ̓. After the mention of Dionysus, the narcissus now serves to introduce a mention of Demeter and Persephone (Cora). Under the name of “Ἴακχος”, represented as the son of Cora (or sometimes of Demeter), Dionysus was associated in the Eleusinian mysteries with the “"two goddesses"” (“τὼ θεώ”): thus Ant. 1119 he reigns “παγκοίνοις Ἐλευσινίας Δηοῦς ἐν κόλποις”. A relief found at Eleusis in 1859, and referable to the period between Pheidias and Praxiteles, shows Persephone with her right hand on the head of the young Iacchos (a boy of some fifteen years), who is facing Demeter. It is reproduced in Baumeister's Denkmäler des klass. Alterth., s.v."Eleusinia,"” p. 471. There was a shrine of Demeter near Colonus, 1600.

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