399 Persephone

This minor planet is named after the goddess of spring and youth in Greek myth, who was the daughter of [[[minor-planets:1108 |Demeter and Zeus. Her Roman counterpart is Proserpina. Her myth is a story explaining the presence of spring and winter: during the winter months, she lives with her husband and abductor Hades, because of a cthonic pomegranate she once ate.

Also, this figure overlaps with Praxidike, a vengeful aspect of this goddess, and Kore, a name emphasizing her role as the daughter of Demeter and Zeus.

The symbol of this asteroid is a pomegranate with a star in the center of it, to differentiate it from the symbol of 26 Proserpina.

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