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I need to know what porphyrogene means in order to give a speech on Poe's "The Haunted Palace". I need this asap!!

-- Anonymous, January 13, 2002


go to dictionary.com

-- Anonymous, January 13, 2002

One scholar said it was an alternative name for Persephone(Proserpine), daughter of Demeter abducted to be the bride of Hades(Pluto), granted a seasonal furlough from the underworld which accounts for spring.

-- Anonymous, January 14, 2002

It is not in the dictionary smart guy!

-- Anonymous, February 23, 2003

In "The Haunted Palace" "Porphyrogene" means, I surmise, dressed as befits royalty, in purple. The word is not in my somewhat outdated edition of the OED, but it lists several close approximations. The stem comes from "porphyry," meaning a purple mineral; hence, anything of a rich purple hue.

-- Anonymous, October 17, 2004

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