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(Περσεφόνη [Persephónē], Περσεφόνεια [Persephóneia], Περσέφαττα [Perséphatta], Κόρη [Kórē]; Latin Proserpina)

A. Myth

P. (or Kore, ‘girl, daughter’), daughter of Zeus and Demeter, is inseparably associated with her mother, being as it were her younger incarnation, so much so that the two are sometimes known as the ‘Demetres’. Together, they embody the ever-regenerating seasonal vegetation and the growth of grain.

The myth as it survives to this day is already essentially formulated in the Homeric Hymn …

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Hinz, Berthold, “Persephone”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 22 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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