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is the Goddess of agriculture. During a drought in 496 BCE, the Sibylline Books
ordered the institution of the worship of Demeter, Dionysus and Persephone, called by the Latin names Ceres
. Ceres was the Goddess of the plebeians: the Aediles Plebis
cared for her temple and had their official residences in it, and were responsible for the games in her honour -- the Ludi Cereales -- her original festival in April. There was a women's 9-day fast and festival when women offered the first corn harvest to Ceres
, originally celebrated every five years, but later - by the time of Augustus - held every October 4.