PROSERPINE (Proserpina), the Latin form of Persephone,' a Greek goddess, daughter of Zeus and the earth-goddess Demeter.
Proserpine herself was commonly known as the daughter (Core), sometimes as the first-born.
One Greek writer, Achemachus, identified Proserpine with the Egyptian Isis.' At Rome Proserpine was associated with Ceres (the Roman representative of Demeter) in the festival of the Cerealia (April 12 to 19), she was represented as the wife of Dis Pater (the Roman Pluto), and was sometimes identified with the native Latin goddess Libera.
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