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Notebook, 1993-

ANCIENT GREEK CULTURE

[From: Kyriazis, Constantine D. Eternal Greece. Translated by Harry T. Hionides. A Chat Publication.]

Asclepios - Atlas - Boreas - Charites - Cybele - Dryads - Eos - Erinyes - Eros - Gaea - Gigantes - Gorgons - Hades - Harpies - Hebe - Helios - Hermaphroditus - Hestia - Horae - Iris - Kronos - Maenads - Moirai - Muses - Naiads - Nereids - Nereus - Nymphs - Oceanides - Oceanos - Pan - Persephone - Priapus - Prometheus - Rhea - Satyrs - Seilenoi - Seilenos - Selene - Themis - Thetis - Triton - Zephyros

Persephone

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Known also as Kore, she was the child of Zeus by Demetra, carried off by Hades, then after an agreement between Demetra and Zeus, was to remain for four months in the underworld and eight months with her mother. The legend is very easily explained, for Persephone who dwelt in the nether world for four months, represented the corn which is stored for four months from June to October. She again personifies the seed that sprouts forth from the soil in the other eight months. Persephone was also queen of the underworld and was the mother of the terrifying Erinyes [see also Demetra]. In art she is depicted as a majestic woman, austere, and seated on a throne next to her consort. She is usually seen with torches in her hands. [p. 52]

[Kyriazis, Constantine D. Eternal Greece. Translated by Harry T. Hionides. A Chat Publication.]




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