Thursday, June 25, 2015

Demophon of Eleusis - better walk on eggshells around Demeter

Poor Demophon. King Celeus managed to please Demeter by being hospitable to her. As a reward she was going to make their son Demophon immortal by coating him in ambrosia and cooking him in a fire.

When Queen Metanira walked in and saw her son baking, she rather understandably freaked out. This annoyed Demeter who decided not to bother making Demophon immortal after all.

I can't help but feel that Demeter tends to overreact. A dry home and a nice meal probably don't warrant granting immortality. At the same time, screaming when you see your baby in a fire is not cause to take away immortality. Someone needs to teach her about the concept of proportionality.

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