Demeter and Iasion
Iasion was the son of Zeus and the nymph Electra who lived on the island of Samothrace. The union of the god and the nymph proved fruitful. The couple had four children: Dardanus, Iasion, Emathion, and Harmonia. Dardanus found the land of his native island too poor and set sail with his people for Asia Minor, where he founded the city of Dardanus at the foot of Mount Ida in the Troad. Emathion became king of Samothrace and sent soldiers to join god Dionysus in his Indian campaigns. Harmonia, the only daughter, married Cadmus, the legendary Phoenician founder of Boeotian Thebes. At the wedding, Iasion met Demeter, who lured him away from the other guests. The goddess gave the young prince the fruit of the corn and brought him to a lush meadow, where they lay in a freshly ploughed furrow. Iasion became the father of twin sons named Plutus and Philomelus, but he was not meant to enjoy a long life from this union. Zeus noticed mud on Demeter’s back, realised what she had done with Iasion and killed him with a thunderbolt out of pure jealousy. The early fifth-century grammarian Servius claimed that Iasion was killed by his brother Dardanus while Hyginus asserted that horses destroyed him (without details as to why, or when, or where). According to Apollodorus, Iasion was a much darker character, who attempted to ravish Demeter, and Zeus struck him by lightning to prevent such blasphemy. On the other hand, Diodorus Siculus alleged that Iasion married Cybele and became the father of Corybas. When Iasion died and joined the gods, Dardanus, Cybele, and Corybas sailed to Asia Minor and founded the sacred rites of the Mother of the Gods.