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The introduction of Hercules and the Dioscuri, Castor and Pollux, in Eleusinian mysteries.

Image ID: 1624641

The introduction of Hercules and the Dioscuri, Castor and Pollux, in Eleusinian mysteries. (1844-1861)

Image Details

Image Title

:  The introduction of Hercules and the Dioscuri, Castor and Pollux, in Eleusinian mysteries.

Creator(s)

: Housselin, Alexis Louis Pierre -- Engraver
Desnoyers, Auguste Gaspard Louis, 1779-1857 -- Lithographer

Published Date

: 1844-1861

Medium

: Lithographs

Specific Material Type

: prints

Item Physical Description

: 1 print : b&w ; 34 x 48 cm.

Notes

: The "Dioscuri" are the twins Castor and Pollux, symbolized in the constellation Gemini. The Eleusinian mysteries were the teachings of a secret society which stressed morals and ethics. Ceres was the Roman counterpart of the Greek Demeter, a goddess of agriculture and the harvest. Proserpine (Persephone to the Greeks), the daughter of Demeter, was a goddess of grains and of the underworld. Triptolemus was a "culture hero" who taught mank ....
[See More...] Note 2.) Written below image: "The introduction of Hercules and the Dioscuri, Castor and Pollux, in Eleusinian mysteries. In the center Ceres stands holding a burning torch, Proserpine sits facing Triptolemus seated in his winged chariot drawn by two dragons. Hecate is at left and Diana at right, both with burning torches. Castor gives Diana his hand and he is characterized by the star. Pollux faces his brother and below him is Hercules. All thr ....
[See More...] Note 3.) The name "Toussaint" is listed as one of two lithographers credited below the image at lower left.

Original Source

: From Elite des monuments céramographiques : matériaux pour l'histoire des religions et des moeurs de l'antiquité. (Paris : Leleux, 1844-1861) Lenormant, Charles (1802-1859), Author.

Source

: Wonders: Images of the Ancient World / Mythology (General)

Source Description

: 1 folder (7 pictures) ; 1 oversize folder (9 pictures) ; 2 postcards

Location

: Mid-Manhattan Library / Picture Collection

Catalog Call Number

: PC-WON MYT

Digital ID

: 1624641

Record ID

: 1763207

Digital Item Published

: 6-3-2008; updated 3-25-2011

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