The Roman Goddess Proserpina
The way of the Romans was to adopt various elements from other cultures and civilisations. This included the Roman religion which was highly influenced by the Ancient Greek religion and gave the Greek God names the equivalent Roman names. The Roman priests then adopted the mythology or stories about the Gods and Goddesses and evolved a Roman Gods Family tree detailing how each of the Roman Gods and Goddesses, like Proserpina, were related. Greek and Roman religion and mythology therefore become closely entwined.
Myths about the Roman Goddess Proserpina
Mythology surrounding Proserpina
The mythology and information about the Roman Goddess Proserpina. Proserpina is also referred to as Proserpine, Prosperine or Prosperina.
- Name: Proserpina
- Gender Female: Proserpina was a Goddess
- Jurisdiction: Proserpina was described as being the Roman Goddess of the Underworld
- Mythology: Mythical Family Tree or Relatives: Proserpina was believed to be the Goddess of the Underworld and she was the wife of Pluto
- Her abduction and marriage to Pluto served as an emblem of the marital state
- Depiction / Description / Symbol: Bat, the poppy, white rose and the pomegranate
- Name of equivalent Greek Goddess: Persephone
- Festivals of the Winter were associated with the festivals those associated with the dead and the underworld or with purification
- Sacrifices to Proserpina - During sacrifices to the Roman gods the sex of the victim had to correspond to the sex of the god to whom it was offered. White animals were given to the gods of the upper world whereas black victims to the gods of the underworld
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