The Rape of Persephone: A Greek Scenario of Women's Initiation

  title={The Rape of Persephone: A Greek Scenario of Women's Initiation},
  author={B. Lincoln},
  journal={Harvard Theological Review},
  • B. Lincoln
  • Published 1979
  • History
  • Harvard Theological Review
Within the last fifteen years, scholars have shown considerable interest in the ritual life of women in antiquity, and have been particularly successful in recognizing the traces of women's initiatory rituals in various Greek and Roman ceremonies and myths. With regard to the Greek materials, the Arrephoria and Brauronia festivals have been treated in this light, as have two ceremonies in which details of the Demeter-Persephone mythos were reenacted: the Thesmophoria and the Haloa. 
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