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Goddess Demeter and her Mates
One of Demeter's great loves was the agricultural hero Iasion. The pair mated in the island of Crete, in a thrice-plowed field, and produced the Greek god Plutus and the demigod Philomelos. Plutus became the god who symbolized earthly wealth, and Philomelos became famous for inventing the plow, a tool used in agriculture.
According to a myth, Zeus, the King of the Gods, killed Iasion for his impudence in sleeping with a goddess. He then managed to seduce Demeter herself and the couple gave birth to Persephone.
Persephone was later abducted to the underworld by the Greek god Hades and became the queen of the underworld.
Poseidon, the Greek god of the Seas, also approached Demeter to sleep with her and bring fertility to the earth with his wet elements. Demeter tried to elude the god by transforming herself into a mare, but Poseidon then took the form of a stallion and captured her. From their union Demeter gave birth to two children: the stallion Arion, god of horses, and Despoena, goddess of fruit.