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Mythology & Beliefs: Pomona
In Greek and Roman Mythology, Pomona was the Roman goddess of fruits.

Pomona in Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology the Roman divinity of the fruit of trees, hence called Pomorum Patrona. Her name is evidently connected with Pomum. She is represented by the poets as having been beloved by several of the rustic divinities, such as Silvanus, Picus, Vertumnus, and others (Ov. Met. 14.623, &c.; Propert. 4.2. 21, &c.; Serv. ad Aen. 7.190). Her worship must originally have been of considerable importance, as we learn from Varr (De L. L. 7.15) that a special priest, under the name of flamen Pomonalis, was appointed to attend to her service (comp. Plin. Nat. 23.1). It is not impossible that Pomona may in reality be nothing but the personification of one of the attributes of Ops. (Hartung, Die Relig. d. R÷om. vol. ii. p. 133, &c.) - A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology, William Smith, Ed.

Pomona in Wikipedia In Roman mythology, Pomona was the goddess of plenty. Her name comes from the Latin word, pomum, which translates to "fruit." She scorned the love of Silvanus and Picus but married Vertumnus after he tricked her, disguised as an old woman.[1] Her high priest was called the flamen Pomonalis. The pruning knife was her attribute. She is a uniquely Roman goddess, never identitified with any Greek counterpart, and was particularly associated with the blossoming of trees versus the harvest. In 19th century statues and building decorations she is usually shown carrying either a large platter of fruit or a cornucopia. A nude statue of Pomona is in the fountain in the little park before the Plaza Hotel in New York City. For a listing of cities named after her, see Pomona (disambiguation)...

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