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AGATHODAEMON, an important god in Greek myth ology, the "good spirit" of cornfields and vineyards, protective spirit of individuals and the State. The Greeks drank a cup of pure wine in his honour at the end of each meal (Aristophanes, Equites, io6). Often accompanied by Agatlie ruche (good for tune), he may be compared with the Roman Bonus Eventus (Pliny, Nat. Hist., xxxvi., 23) and Genius (q.v.). He is repre sented in works of art in the form of a serpent, or of a young man with a horn of plenty and a bowl in one hand, and a poppy and ears of corn in the other.