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Persephone

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Natalie Rosales

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Persephone
Persephone: Her Background
Persephone was the goddess queen of the underworld, wife of the god of the underworld, Hades. She was also the goddess of spring growth, who was worshiped alongside her mother Demeter, the Greek goddess of agriculture (Atsma). Persephone is the daughter of Zeus, the god of all gods and Demeter. She was abducted by Hades and he made her his queen. She is forced to stay in the underworld for six months of each year (greekmythology).
One day, she was picking flowers by a river when Hades came in a black chariot and kidnapped her, forcing her to go to the underworld. When Demeter found out, she angrily complained to Zeus for him to get her daughter back. Zeus sent Hermes to the underworld to tell Persephone that if she had not eaten anything in her time there she would be able to return home. Due to temptation, she had eaten six seeds of a pomegranate before Hermes got there. Demeter was heartbroken so Zeus fixed a compromise for Persephone to spent six months in the underworld and six months at Olympus every year (Evslin).
Persephone has many strengths and weaknesses that make her a recognizable goddess in Greek mythology.
Relationship to Greek Culture
Persephone is very important to Greek culture because she is part of Greek mythology. The figure of Persephone is very well-known today. Her story has great emotional power: an innocent maiden, a mother's grief over her abduction, and great joy after her daughter is returned. It is also cited frequently as a paradigm of myths that explain natural processes, with the descent and return of the goddess bringing about the change of seasons (princeton).
Works Cited
Atsma, Aaron J. "PERSEPHONE : Greek Queen of the Underworld, Goddess of Spring ; Mythology ; Pictures : PROSERPINA." PERSEPHONE : Greek Queen of the Underworld, Goddess of Spring ; Mythology ; Pictures : PROSERPINA. Theoi Project, 2011. Web. 12 Oct. 2013. <http://www.theoi.com/Khthonios/Persephone.html>.
"Persephone." Persephone. GreekMythology.com, 2010. Web. 12 Oct. 2013. <http://www.greekmythology.com/Other_Gods/Persephone/persephone.html>.
A statue depicting Persephone.
Strengths
Persephone's strengths are that she is able to compromise; she is adaptable (goddess-guide). She is also very loving (Regula).
Weaknesses
Persephone's weaknesses are that she is easily tempted by something she desires (Evslin). Her beauty is also a weakness, for it attracts the unwanted attention of Hades (Regula).
A drawing of Persephone, showing one of her weaknesses, temptation, as she holds a pomegranate.
"Persephone The Greek Goddess." Persephone. Goddess-Guide.com, 2013. Web. 12 Oct. 2013. <http://www.goddess-guide.com/persephone.html>.
Regula, DeTraci. "Fast Facts On: Persephone." About.com Greece Travel. About.com, 2013. Web. 12 Oct. 2013. <http://gogreece.about.com/cs/mythology/a/mythpersephone.htm>.

the greek goddess
Persephone: Her Background
Strengths
Weaknesses
Works Cited
Relationship to Greek Culture
Cont.
"Persephone." Persephone. Princeton University, 2013. Web. 12 Oct. 2013. <http://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Persephone.html>.
Persephone holding a pomegranate, the symbol she is most known to be associated with.
Not only is Persephone associated with Greek origins and mythology, but she is also associated with some modern day organizations.
Modern Day Connection
Modern Day Connection
She is associated with a modern-day women-centered blog/magazine entitled
Persephone Magazine
.
"About | Persephone Magazine." Persephone Magazine. Ed. Ophelia Payne. Persephone Magazine, 2013. Web. 12 Oct. 2013. <http://persephonemagazine.com/about/>.
The purpose of Persephone Magazine is: "Persephone Magazine is a daily blog focused on topics of interest for modern, intelligent, clever women. We strive to give a voice to more women from a variety of backgrounds and with diverse interests. We feature articles not only from our talented staff of writers but from our incredible readership, as well; readers who give voice to their opinions and viewpoints out of a desire to educate, entertain, or engage with our community. We encourage thoughtful discussion and respectful debate. We are an environment that welcomes all perspectives that come from a place of respect and consideration for fellow community members." This excerpt was taken from the "about" page of the website.
Another modern-day source she is associated with is
Persephone Books
, a publishing company that reprints neglected fiction and non-fiction by mid-twentieth century women.
"About Us." About Us. Persephone Books, 2013. Web. 12 Oct. 2013. <http://www.persephonebooks.co.uk/about-us/>.
There are also many other places and organizations associated with Persephone: theaters, bands, stores, clothing brands and many more.
Something that all modern connections with Persephone have is that they are all centered around women, showing that Persephone is seen as a strong woman in Greek mythology and in the modern world.
A beautiful drawing depicting Persephone in the forest.
Evslin, Bernard, and William Hofmann. Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths. New York: Four Winds, 1967. Print.
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