Queen of the Underworld Picture

In Greek mythology, Persephone /pərˈsɛfəniː/, also called Kore /ˈkɔəriː/,[1] is the daughter of Zeus and the harvest goddess Demeter, and queen of the underworld; she was abducted by Hades, the king of the underworld.[2][3]

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 as a vegetation goddess (Kore) and her mother Demeter were the central figures of the Eleusinian mysteries that predated the Olympian pantheon. In the Linear B (Mycenean Greek) tablets dated 1400-1200 BC found at Pylos, the "two mistresses and the king" are mentioned; John Chadwick identifies these as Demeter, Persephone and Poseidon.[4]

In Classical Greek art, Persephone is invariably portrayed robed; often carrying a sheaf of grain. In Latin, she is called Proserpina
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