Ceres teaches Triptolemus Agriculture. A.M 2620.

WAG 7673


This is part of a group of drawings by British artist and book illustrator Edward Francis Burney, depicting scenes from Greek and Roman history and mythology. Ceres (Greek: Demeter) was the goddess of the growth of edible plants. She selected Triptolemous for the mission of spreading her gift of grain throughout the world, and is seen teaching him in this image. Her cult originated in Rome in 493 BC when a temple was built to her in an attempt to prevent famine. The temple became a centre for popular religious and political activities.