Details of Ceres personified

Ceres is normally shown holding ears of corn downwards in her right hand. This is a symbol of her role as the goddess of agriculture and fertility.

She often wears a crown made of corn-ears and carries either a cornucopia (a horn filled with fruits) or a torch (a reference to her search through the underworld for her daughter Proserpina). Ceres is easily confused with Annona who shares many of the same attributes.

Ceres appears on coins produced between the 1st century BC and the 2nd century AD. She is most common on coins struck in the name of the 2nd century empresses.

Attributes

  • Crown of corn
  • Cornucopia
  • Torch

Greek counterpart

Ceres can be identified with the Greek deity Demeter

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