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PLUTUS, in Greek mythology, son of lasion and Demeter, the personification of wealth (irXoOros). According to Aristophanes, he was blinded by Zeus because he distributed his gifts without regard to merit. At Thebes there was a statue of Fortune holding the child Plutus in her arms; at Athens he was similarly represented in the arms of Peace; at Thespiae he was represented standing beside Athena the Worker. Elsewhere he was represented as a boy with a cornu copiae. He is the subject of one of the extant comedies of Aristophanes, the Plutus.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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