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Persephone / Proserpina

Also Known As: "Proserpina"
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Zeus and Demeter
Wife of Sangarius "God of the River"; Adonis and Hades
Ex-wife of Zeus
Mother of Eunoe "The Nymph", Queen of Phrygia; Makaria; Melinoe of Troy and Zagreus of Troy
Sister of Iacchus and Zagreus
Half sister of Philomelos - Bootes; Ploutos -; Despoina -; Areion - and Eubouleus -

Occupation: Olympian goddess of underworld, spring and renewal, Hades (poor) wife, Goddess of Spring
Managed by: Erin Spiceland
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About Persephone

In Greek mythology, Hades kidnapped Persephone to be his wife. Zeus ordered Hades to return her to Demeter, the goddess of the Earth and her mother. The myth of her abduction represents her function as the personification of vegetation which shoots forth in spring and withdraws into the earth after harvest; hence she is also associated with spring and with the seeds of the fruits of the fields.


Persephone was such a beautiful young woman that everyone loved her, even Hades wanted her for himself. One day, when she was collecting flowers on the plain of Enna, the earth suddenly opened and Hades rose up from the gap and abducted her. None but Zeus, and the all-seeing sun, Helios, had noticed it.

Broken-hearted, Demeter wandered the earth, looking for her daughter until Helios revealed what had happened. Demeter was so angry that she withdrew herself in loneliness, and the earth ceased to be fertile.

Knowing this could not continue much longer, Zeus sent Hermes down to Hades to make him release Persephone. Hades grudgingly agreed, but before she went back he gave Persephone a pomegranate (or the seeds of a pomegranate, according to some sources). When she later ate of it, it bound her to underworld forever and she had to stay there one-third of the year.

When Persephone was in Hades, Demeter refused to let anything grow and winter began. This myth is a symbol of the budding and dying of nature.


Quando os sinais de sua grande beleza e feminilidade começaram a brilhar, em sua adolescência, chamou a atenção do deus Hades que a pediu em casamento. Hades, impaciente, emergiu da terra e raptou-a levando-a para seus domínios (o mundo subterrâneo), desposando-a e fazendo dela sua rainha.

Sua mãe, ficando inconsolável, acabou por se descuidar de suas tarefas: as terras tornaram-se estéreis e houve escassez de alimentos, e Perséfone recusou-se a ingerir qualquer alimento e começou a definhar. Deméter, junto com Hermes, foram buscá-la ao mundo dos mortos. Como entretanto Perséfone tinha comido algo (uma semente de romã) concluiu-se que não tinha rejeitado inteiramente Hades. Assim, estabeleceu-se um acordo, ela passaria metade do ano junto a seus pais, e o restante com Hades.