Aidoneus


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Aidoneus

epithet of Hades. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 14]
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As the bride of Aidoneus, Persephone "undergoes a symbolic death," what Pater terms an "early death." (106) As Foley explains, "ancient poets often exploited the similarity of the rituals of marriage and death as rites of transition from one phase of human existence to another." (107) Thus several years before Pater begins to compose fictions that suggest that the wages of heterosexuality is death for male protagonists, he discovers the leitmotif in its ancient guise.
(912-14) (11) [And he (Zeus) came into the bed of bountiful Demeter, who gave birth to white-armed Persephone, whom Aidoneus abducted from her mother; but all-wise Zeus gave (her).]
[And he (Zeus) cam into the bed of bountiful Demeter, who gave birth to white-armed Persephone, whom Aidoneus abducted from her mother; but all-wise Zeus gave (her).]