Thursday, 24 October 2013

Iasion


Iasion was son of Zeus and Electra, the daughter of Atlas. But according to other versions he was the son of Corythus and Electra or Zeus and Hemera or Minos and Pyronia. Iasion was an agriculture hero and the consort of the goddess Demeter in the Samothracian mystery. According to legend Iasion lay with Demeter in a thrice ploughed field during the wedding celebration of Kadmos and Hermonia on the island which was attended by all gods. When Zeus learned of the affair, he got angry, and struck Iasion down with thunderbolt. According to other versions Iasion was killed by his own horses, whereas in other he lived to an advanced age as the husband of Demeter. 

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