Proserpina in Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology
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mythology, William Smith, Ed.
Proserpina in Wikipedia
Proserpina (sometimes spelt Proserpine, Prosperine or
Prosperina) is an ancient Roman goddess whose story is the
basis of a myth of Springtime. Her Greek goddess' equivalent
is Persephone. The probable origin of her name comes from
the Latin, "proserpere" or "to emerge," in respect to the
growing of grain. Proserpina was subsumed by the cult of
Libera, an ancient fertility goddess, wife of Liber and is
also considered a life–death–rebirth deity.
She was the daughter of Ceres, goddess of agriculture and
crops and Jupiter, the god of sky and thunder...