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Hades and Menthe
Minthe (Menthe) was a beautiful water Nymph deeply in love with Hades, the Greek God of the Underworld.
One day, while Hades' wife Persephone was walking by the river Acheron (the River of Sorrows), she stumbled upon her husband and his lover Menthe. Enraged, she retaliated by turning Menthe into a herbaceous, tiny plant with inconspicuous leaves so that anyone could easily step on them.
Hades, however, showed mercy on Menthe and, in his attempt to comfort her, bestowed upon her a divine, aromatic scent that would last forever. It is the plant that is known today as mint.