|Debut||Wonder Woman v1 #328 (October 1985)|
|Created by||Mindy Newell, Don Heck, Pablo Marcos|
Persephone is known as the Goddess of Springtime. She was the wife of Hades.
Persephone is a member of the Olympians, a extra-dimensional race once worshipped as a deity by the people of Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. Goddess of Springtime and new life but also the Queen of the Dead as she is married to her uncle Hades Lord of the Underworld. She is the daughter of Zeus and the Harvest Goddess Demeter.
Hades, the god of the underworld fell in love with Persephone. Having been denied her hand in marriage he kidnapped and her and took her to the underworld to be his queen. However during the time Persephone spent in the underworld, Demeter turned her back on the harvest due to her depression of her missing daughter. Zeus saw that the earth was falling into chaos due to the mortals having no food. He sent Hermes to the Underworld ordering Hades to release Persephone so that Demeter could harvest the Earth.
Having no authority over his brother Zeus, he decided to let Persephone go. However Hades tricked Persephone to eat twelve seeds from a fruit that way she would not be hungry during her travel back to her mother. Persephone ate six seeds and left for her mother. When she arrived her mother was thrilled to see her. Persephone told her mother of her time spent with Hades including the seeds. Her mother realized what Hades had done. The seeds represented the twelve months of a year. Since Persephone had only eaten six she would have to spend six months with her mother but also six months with Hades. During the six months with Hades, Demeter would not harvest the earth. But during the times she spent with her mother, the earth would harvest again. This is where we get the four seasons. Therefore Persephone became as the Goddess of Springtime.
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