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Headword: Ῥαριάς
Adler number: rho,50
Translated headword: Rharias
Vetting Status: high
[sc. An epithet of] Demeter; for Rharos had a son Keleos, and Keleos [had a son] Triptolemos. Rharos received Demeter, as she wandered about looking for Kore, into his house. In gratitude, Demeter taught Triptolemos, the grandson of Rharos, the farming of grain. And she provided him a chariot of winged serpents, traveling in which Triptolemos went all about the earth, teaching the farming of grain.
Greek Original:
Ῥαριάς: ἡ Δημήτηρ: Ῥάρος γὰρ ἔσχεν υἱὸν Κελεόν, Κελεὸς δὲ Τριπτόλεμον. ὁ δὲ Ῥάρος πλανωμένην τὴν Δήμητραν καὶ ζητοῦσαν τὴν Κόρην ὑπεδέξατο εἰς τὸν οἶκον. ὑπὲρ τῆς τοιαύτης οὖν χάριτος ἡ Δημήτηρ τὸν ἀπόγονον Ῥάρου Τριπτόλεμον ἐδίδαξε τὴν τοῦ σίτου γεωργίαν, παρέσχε δὲ αὐτῷ καὶ ἅρμα πτηνῶν δρακόντων, εἰς ὃ ἐποχούμενος ὁ Τριπτόλεμος περιῄει πᾶσαν τὴν γῆν, διδάσκων τὴν τοῦ σίτου γεωργίαν.
Stephanus of Byzantium s.v. Rarion: 'a plain in Eleusis. Also [referred to as] Rarian land. And Demeter [is called] Rarias.' See also, in brief, Photius rho44 Theodoridis.
In the Homeric Hymn to Demeter (web address 1 below), the sorrowful goddess visits the home of Keleos himself (97), but the Hymn also mentions the cult-place known as the "Rharian field" (450).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: aetiology; agriculture; daily life; food; geography; imagery; mythology; poetry; religion; science and technology; zoology
Translated by: Ross Scaife ✝ on 4 December 2002@08:02:53.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and keywords) on 4 December 2002@08:43:57.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 2 October 2005@11:25:05.
David Whitehead on 27 October 2013@08:38:05.
David Whitehead (coding) on 25 May 2016@06:09:34.


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