Queen of the underworld, wife of Hades, and daughter of Demeter and Zeus.
Persephone and her mother were very close. Without telling Persephone and her mother, her father agreed with Hades that Hades could marry Persephone. When Hades thought the time was right, he came up from the underworld in his chariot and stole Persephone, bringing her back to the underworld with him. He made her his wife and queen of the underworld. Persephone despised this gloomy kingdom and wished to go home to her mother. She would not accept any food that was offered to her, but she accidentally ate some pomegranate seeds Hades had given her in order to bind her to his empire. All the while, Persephone’s mother had been looking for her. Eventually finding out what had happened, Demeter confronted Zeus. Zeus made a compromise with Hades and Demeter so both he and her mother could share Persephone. In the end, it was decided that Persephone would stay with her mother in the spring and go back to Hades in the winter. Persephone became goddess of life and death.