“Yet conventional meanings are highly questionable in local
contexts, not least because even in the panhellenic context they usually
connote a whole field of related meanings rather than something entirely
specific. So, a torch in the hand of a female figure might identify a deity as
Artemis, Demeter, Kore, or Hekate: a pomegranate depicted in the hand of a
local statue might symbolize erotic love, death, or rebirth, postmortem
existence in general, as well as all or none of the above.” p. 108

Polinskaya, Irene. A
Local History of Greek Polytheism: Gods, People and the Land of Aigina, 800-400
BCE.
Brill, 2013.

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