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Headword: Περσεφόνη
Adler number: pi,1373
Translated headword: Persephone
Vetting Status: high
An underworld spirit.[1]
Electra says:[2] "O house of Hades and Persephone! O Hermes of the Underworld and holy Revenge[3] and divine Furies! You who watch over those dying unjustly and those being robbed of a marriage bed: Come! Help avenge the murder of our father!"
Greek Original:
Περσεφόνη: κατάγειος δαίμων. Ἠλέκτρα φησί: ὦ δῶμ' Ἀί̈δου καὶ Περσεφόνης, ὦ χθόνι' Ἑρμῆ καὶ πότνι' Ἀρὰ σεμναί τ' Ἐριννύες, αἳ τοὺς ἀδίκως θνήσκοντας ὁρᾶτε τούς τ' εὐνὰς ὑποκλεπτομένους: ἔλθετ', ἀρήξατε πατρὸς φόνον ἡμετέρου.
OCD4 s.v.
[1] Similarly ('cf.') in the Ambrosian Lexicon, according to Adler.
[2] In Sophocles, Electra 110-16 (here slightly compressed). See web address 1.
[3] LSJ s.v. ἀρά : "personified as the goddess of destruction and revenge" (web address 2). See also Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus 418, but contrast Aeschylus, Eumenides 417 and Seven Against Thebes 70.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: definition; ethics; mythology; religion; tragedy; women
Translated by: Samuel Huskey on 7 October 2000@23:24:28.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added bibliography and keyword; cosmetics) on 23 May 2001@05:08:12.
David Whitehead (another note; cosmetics) on 13 May 2011@08:41:38.
Catharine Roth (coding, upgraded link, added keyword) on 17 March 2012@22:39:40.
David Whitehead on 30 September 2013@07:18:48.
David Whitehead on 10 August 2014@05:07:20.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 18 November 2014@22:08:55.


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