Argonauta. Part 3

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Antolini, Sergio [Author]

Publisher Milling & Grain
Year of publication 2021 November

Medium Digital

Arts, culture and heritage


Scope & contentAuthor - Dr Sergio Antolini, Ocrim & Paglierani of Cremona, Italy

Wheat, in the double meaning of primary and archaic food good and ritual- symbolic sign, is part of the Mediterranean agricultural culture, of which our fertile and generous country of ears is also a metaphor in Greek mythology, as much as in the readings of the Gospel.

The Greek goddesses Demeter and Persephone (Ceres and Proserpina in Roman mythology), mother and daughter united by a fatal destiny of loss and discovery, are inherent in the cyclical alternation of the seasons and in particular the spring regeneration.

Same is the destiny for wheat, a metaphor of life and death, of the passing of time and of periodic reformation, whose seed from the darkness of the earth announces and faces the mystery of life.

In the pagan celebrations of the Eleusinian mysteries, born in Greece, in Eleusis in the seventh century BC, then extended to Rome, the rape of Persephone/Proserpina is told, expressed in art by the pictorial and sculptural masterpieces of Dante Gabriele Rossetti and Gian Lorenzo Bernini respectively.... Read more.


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