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Persephone, Kore
(1,733 words)

(Περσεφόνη/Persephónē, Κόρη/Kórē).

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I. Genealogy and Myth

The Greek goddess P./K. is the daughter of Zeus and Demeter. The Greek Κόρη/Kórē (Doric Κόρα/Kóra, Ionic Κούρη/Koúrē) emphasises her role as the 'daughter' of Demeter, whilst the name Περσεφόνη/Persephónē (H. Hom. 2,56; Hes. Theog. 913; also Φερσεφόνη/Phersephónē; epic Περσεφονείη/Persephoneíē; Attic Φερρέφαττα/Pherréphatta etc.) stresses her role as the wife of Hades. The defining myth about P. is first told in the Homeric hymn to D…

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Sourvinou Inwood, Christine (Oxford), “Persephone, Kore”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 28 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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