Or Thesmophorus (Θεσμοφόρος), that is, "the law-giver," a surname of Demeter and Persephone, in honor of whom the Thesmophoria were celebrated at Athens in the month of Pyanepsion,1 and to whom sanctuaries were also erected at Megara, Troezene, Pheneos, and other places.2



  1. Herodotus. Histories ii, 171, vi, 16; Aristophanes. Thesmophoriazusae, 303.
  2. Pausanias. Description of Greece i, 42.7; ii, 32.7; viii, 15.1; ix, 16.3; x, 33, in fin.


  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.

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