Castor and Ceres – The Myth of the Nymphs
The Roman goddess of the Moon and the evening star are often depicted in a variety of images. Her most famous representation is her role as the sky goddess, but she was also known as the goddess of the fields. Most depictions of Ceres include a small sun and moon in the background.
Ceres was the moon goddess of the Roman god Mars. In ancient mythology, Ceres was the daughter of Eosphorus, a god of the moon and earth. Eosphorus had no children, but his wife, the goddess Demeter, had a son named Castor, but his union did not please the goddess. The goddess Demeter had Castor begone, and Castor and Demeter had several more children; however, Demeter died giving birth to Ceres and Castor married her daughter, Rhea.
Demeter was the goddess of the sky, but she had also been called the “Queen of Heaven”. Ceres was the goddess of the moon and was the mother of all the other deities of the Roman pantheon. Ceres was often represented with her daughter Rhea and her son Castor. In many depictions, the couple is surrounded by flowers.
Many artists portrayed Ceres as the moon goddess and Rhea as the planet Mars. In the popular representation of Ceres, Rhea is a little girl with a sun and moon in the sky. The moon goddess sits on the ground beside her daughter and Castor is the god of the earth. The flowers surrounding Ceres symbolize fertility and the earth goddess holds the corn that sustains humankind.
Nymphs are often represented as small birds that fly in the sky. In some representations, Nymphs appear to be carrying a starry sky and are sometimes shown as flying towards Castor.
Nymphs are represented as birds. Nymphs were also believed to be the attendant spirits of the dead. In Greek mythology, Nymphs usually represented female spirits who assisted the dead in their journey to the underworld. Nymphs were also known to be the guardian spirits of fields and crops.
The Nymphs of Ceres and Rhea are portrayed as attendants of the dead. The two of them are often seen with the body of a nymph and a staff. In some paintings, they are also shown carrying torches. In some depictions, the two of them are also shown as being in the house of Ceres.
In some paintings, Ceres and Castor are shown as walking side by side. In other paintings, the two of them are shown as walking along the paths that lead to the two entrances of the sanctuary.
Nymphs are also depicted as small animals that fly in the sky. In some depictions, the nymphs are portrayed as being accompanied by a pair of storks.
In some paintings, Ceres and Rhea are shown as walking along a path that leads to the place where they bathed. In some other paintings, the two of them are shown as walking in the fields that are adjacent to where they bathed. In other paintings, the two of them are seen as walking through the temple where the temple is located.
In some depictions, the two of them are also shown as walking along the streets of Rome. The two of them are sometimes seen as walking through the marketplace in Rome. In some paintings, the two of them are also shown as walking along a road where the Capitoline Museums are located. In other paintings, they are also seen as walking down the road that leads to the forum of Trajan’s.
In some illustrations, the two of them are shown together as walking through the colonnades of the Capitoline Museums. In other illustrations, the two of them are shown as walking along the road to the portico where the forum is located.