Pomona
(2,760 words)

A. Myth

P., the Roman goddess of fruit trees, has no Greek equivalent. Ovid (Ov. Met. 14,622–771) describes her as a chaste tree-nymph who lived at the time of the Alban king Procas, and tells how she was wooed by numerous dei agresti (‘rural gods’), including Silenus (Silen, Satyr) and Priapus, but most urgently by Vertumnus (= V.), who, as his name, derived from vertere (‘to turn’), suggests, is capable of taking any shape. After V. has approached P.’s garden in various male personas (as a reaper, tiller,…

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Leuker, Tobias, “Pomona”, 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 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-8647_bnps4_e1002740>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111



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