Another name for Demeter, derived from deo (δήω), I find, because people comforted the goddess during her search for Persephone, saying δήεις, you will find [her].

The patronymic form of it, Deiois, Deoine, or Deione, is therefore given to Demeter's daughter, Persephone.1 She too is referred to Deo (Δηὼ), but from νέη, the new or the younger, while Demeter is παλαιὴ, the elder.2



  1. Spanheim on Callimachus, l.c.
  2. Ovid. Metamorphoses vi, 114; Athenaeus, x, p. 449.


  • Orphic Hymn 38, 7.
  • Apollonius Rhodius. Argonautica iv, 988.
  • Aristophanes. Plutus, 515.
  • Callimachus. Hymn to Demeter, 133.
  • Cnipping, on Ovid's Metamorphoses vi, 114.
  • Homer. Hymn to Demeter, 47.
  • Scholiast on Theocritus, vii, 3.
  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.
  • Sophocles. Antigone, 1121.