"The blooming." The blooming, a surname of Demeter the protectress of the green fields, who had a sanctuary at Athens, near the Acropolis, conjointly with Gaea Curotrophos. Her festival was the Chloeia (Χλόεια or Χλοιά). It was solemnized in the spring, on the sixth of Thargelion, when the blossoms began to appear, with the sacrifice of a goat and much mirth and rejoicing.

This surname is probably alluded to when Sophocles1 calls her Demeter eu Chloos (Δημήτηρ εῦ Χλοος).2



  1. Oedipus Colonus, 1600.
  2. Comp. Aristophanes. Lysistrata, 815.


  • Athenaeus, xiv, p. 618.
  • Eustathius on Homer, p. 772.
  • Hesychius, s.v. Χλοιά.
  • Pausanias. Description of Greece i, 22.3.
  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.

This article incorporates text from Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (1870) by William Smith, which is in the public domain.