Benevolent deity in Greek mythology, the ‘‘good spirit’’ of
vineyards and cornfields. According to Aristophanes, Agathodaemon
was honored by drinking a cup of wine at the end of
a meal. He was represented pictorially in the form of a serpent
or sometimes as a young man holding a horn of plenty, a bowl,
and ears of corn. Winged serpents were also venerated by the
ancient Egyptians, Chinese, and other peoples. (See also Dragon)

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