Bronze of Ceres, Rome, 200 BC-307 AD

Bronze of Ceres, Rome, 200 BC-307 AD
Dating:200 BC–307 AD
Origin:Roman World,
Physical:11cm. (4.3 in.) - 150 g. (5.3 oz.)

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  This bronze statuette represents Ceres, the Roman goddess of the wheat harvest, and more generally, of agriculture. Identified with the Greek goddess Demeter, she is customarily shown with a sheaf of wheat and a sickle. Here, she is portrayed with the hair and clothing of a roman lady and holds a horn of plenty. Rome, 200 BC-307 AD.

“. . . Apollo was adopted by Romans without changing his name. But Demeter became Ceres. The anthropomorphism of Greek religion was initially foreign to the Latin mind. However, as the first centuries of the Republic unfolded, representing gods under a human form became common, and the temples dedicated to these gods multiplied” (Brion 1974:240).

Bibliography (for this item)

Andreae, Bernard
1973 L’art de l’ancienne Rome. Editions d’art Lucien Mazenod, Paris, France.

Brion, Marcel
1974 La Grandeur de Rome (Marcel Brion editor; translation of the 1969 edition by Thames & Hudson). Edito-Service, Geneva, Swizerland. (240)

Clayton, Peter
1986 Treasures of Ancient Rome. Gallery Books, New York, NY.

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