Department or Program

Classical Studies

Primary Wellesley Thesis Advisor

Catherine Gilhuly


The Homeric Hymn to Demeter is a 500-line poem detailing the union of Hades, Lord of the Dead, and Persephone, daughter of the agriculture goddess, Demeter. The essence of the myth lies in Demeter’s unwillingness to bless her daughter’s marriage. Demeter’s defiance and its consequences raise questions about female subjectivity in Ancient Greece and suggest a Panhellenic interest in how rulers divide their power. While this idea can be explored verbally, there are certain nuances that can only be expressed through images. The print illustrations illuminate patterns and symbols that are often lost in academic writing