The Theft of Persephone
"Old age and death have no power over Greek gods. Yet even the mightiest god is the plaything of a seemingly innocent force: love. And just as love can make ordinary humans unhappy, so it can tear a god in two."
"Hello there pretty daffodil! Would you mind if I picked you today? Oh, that's very kind of you."
This is Persephone, a beautiful goddess, daughter of Demeter, the goddess of the fields. All Persephone cared about was flowers. The man in the back with the horse, that’s Hades, the god of the dead. He rules the Underworld. The two figures on the side are Aphrodite, the goddess of love, and her son Eros, also known as Cupid. They are about to get the world into big trouble.
Hades was checking for cracks in the Earth when he almost ran over Persephone. Of course, Persephone would not back down when Hades started yelling at her. She told him to be a little more careful next time. Now, Aphrodite enjoyed making people fall in love with each other, so she told Eros, to fire his bow at Hades. Little did they know, the world was about to change because of their decision.
Hades was so overwhelmed with love for Persephone that he went to Zeus, the king of the gods, and asked him for permission to marry Persephone. Zeus did not like the idea because he knew Demeter’s love for Persephone is strong but he allowed the marriage. The next time Persephone visited the fields while picking flowers, Hades kidnapped her and brought her to the Underworld.
Persephone had been gone a long time and Demeter had began to worry so she went to look for her where she was picking flowers that day. But, when Demeter got there flowers were strewn across the ground. Demeter knew Persephone would not do this on purpose. Something awful had happened to Persephone.
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