A public lecture entitled ‘The Persephone myth in literature’ will be given by Peter Vassallo on May 3.

The figure of Persephone evolved from a metaphor into a living goddess (Kore) who embodied the most spiritual aspects of ancient Greek religion.

While scholars began to focus on the Eleusinian Mysteries of Demeter and Persephone, poets andnovelists explored the divisions between mother and daughter occasioned by patriarchalmarriage.

Vassallo will examine the appropriation of this Greek fertility myth by some of the mahor literary authors over the centuries. References will be made to Homer, Dante, Milton, Dante Gabrial Rossetti, Swinburne, D.H. Lawrence and modernist literature.

The event is being organised by The Malta Classics Association. For more information, e-mail classicsmaltasoc@gmail.com.

The lecture will take place at the University of Malta (Gateway Hall E) between 6.30 and 7.45 p.m.

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