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Thurium (Thurioi), Lucania, Italy, 280 - 213 B.C.
Beautiful Persephone lived a peaceful life far away from the other deities, a goddess within Nature herself before the days of planting seeds and nurturing plants. She was innocently picking flowers when Hades, god of the Underworld, burst through a cleft in the earth and abducted her. While Demeter searched desperately for her daughter she neglected the earth and caused nothing to grow. Zeus, pressed by the cries of hungry people, determined to force Hades to return Persephone. However, Hades had tricked Persephone into eating pomegranate seeds, and because anyone who consumed food or drink in the Underworld was doomed to spend eternity there, she is forced return to the underworld for a period each year. Explaining the seasons, when Demeter and her daughter are reunited, the Earth flourishes with vegetation and color, but for the months each year when Persephone returns to the underworld, the earth becomes barren.
GI84868. Bronze AE 17, SNG Cop
1513, HN Italy
1932, SNG ANS
-, SNG MŁnchen
-, BMC Italy
-, VF, centered on a tight flan
, encrustation, corrosion, Thourioi
3.567g, maximum diameter
16.6mm, die axis
, 280 - 213 B.C.; obverse
of Kore Persephone
(or Demeter) left, wreathed in grain; reverse
bull butting left, IΣTI above, fish left in exergue
; ex Certified Coin Exchange; rare
Catalog current as of Tuesday, March 19, 2019.
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