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KARPO
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Καρπω Karpô Carpo Fruit (karpos)

KARPO (or Carpo) was the Hora (season) or Kharis (grace) goddess of the fruits of the earth. She was worshipped in Athens alongside the goddesses Auxo (Growth) and Hegemone (Leader).

Karpo (Fruit) was probably originally a title of Demeter goddess of earth's fruits; Auxo (Growth) a title of her daughter Persephone the goddess of spring growth; and Hegemone (Leader) a title of the goddess Artemis or Hekate.

PARENTS
Nowhere stated

Pausanias, Description of Greece 9. 35. 2 (trans. Jones) (Greek travelogue C2nd A.D.) :
"The Athenians from of old have worshipped two Kharites (Graces), Auxo (Growth) and Hegemone (Queen). [The third] Karpo (Fruit) is the name, not of a Kharis, but of a Hora. [N.B. All three were probably Horai.] The other Hora is worshipped together with Pandrosos by the Athenians, who call the goddess Thallo (New Shoots)."

Pseudo-Hyginus, Fabulae 183 (trans. Grant) (Roman mythographer C2nd A.D.) :
"The names of the Horae . . . Auxo (Growth), Eunomia (Order), Pherusa (Substance), Carpo (Fruit), Dice (Justice), Euporia (Abundance), Irene (Peace), Orthosie (Prosperity), Thallo (Green-shoots)." [N.B. These appear to be three distinct sets of three Horai.]


Carpoicis, Charites & Erotes | Roman mosaic
Z21.2 KARPOIKIS,
KHARITES, EROTES
     

Sources:

  • Pausanias, Description Greece - Greek Travelogue C2nd A.D.
  • Hyginus, Fabulae - Latin Mythography C2nd A.D.

Other references not currently quoted here: Athenaeus 2.38