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- Attributes: Goddess of gardens, orchards, and fruits
- Symbols: Pruning knife, fruit in general (especially the apple)
- Place: Rome
Honored every year when autumn came, the Goddess Pomona was responsible for the transformation of flowers into fruits in ancient Rome. Typically she is represented as a young woman with fruit and a pruning knife in her hands.
Courted by various fertility gods, including Pan, Priapus, and Silenus, Pomona refused them all. She married God Vertumnus, who got to know her while she was disguised as an old lady and thus gained her confidence.
She and her husband are listed among the Numina, guardian spirits of mankind in Roman Mythology. This Goddess and her husband were responsible for the fruiting of orchards and gardens in general.
Her importance was so great that she had her own priest, called Flamen Pommonalis and a grove sacred to the her which was called Pomonal, located not far from Ostia, the ancient port of Rome. There was a festival on November 1st in her honor.
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Lost but found
Pomona is an obscure Goddess whose details and many myths have been lost over time, but not her devotion.
Unlike most of the Gods and Goddesses of the Roman pantheon, she does not have a Greek counterpart, though she has some associations with Demeter.
In pop culture, a teacher of the Harry Potter books is called Pomona Sprout, she teaches Herbology and teaches the cultivation of different species of plants.