399 Persephone

This minor planet is named after the goddess of spring and youth in Greek myth, who was the daughter of 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, and following the loose rule that Greek counterparts of Roman deities are differentiated by the presence of a star.

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