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Persephone, the Queen of the Underworld

Persephone was the Queen of the Underworld

Family Tree of Persephone

Persephone was the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, the Greek goddess of vegetation. Because of her purity, Persephone was often referred to as "Kore", meaning "the maid".

The Role of Persephone

While her mother Demeter was the goddess of vegetation, Persephone symbolized the young vegetation. When she was abducted by Hades, the king of the dead, she became the queen of the Underworld.
Persephone signifies the seed which, when cast into the earth, i.e. carried away by the god of the underworld, lies hidden there.

Appearance of Persephone

Persephone was famous for her white hands. From recent finds in the tomb at Amphipolis, Persephone was often depicted with red flowing curls and wearing a white tunic held up by a red thin strip at the level of her breast, as well as jewellery on the wrist of her left hand.

Roman name: Proserpina

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