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A deity that was thought to be benevolent in Greek mythology. It was referred to as a "good spirit" of the vineyards and cornfields. According to Aristophanes these deities were honored by drinking a glass of wine to them after the meal. The deity was represented pictorially in the form of a serpent, or as a young man holding a horn of plenty, a bowl and ears of corn. Winged serpents also were venerated by the ancient Egyptians, Chinese and other peoples. A.G.H.