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Pinax of Persephone.

Persephone (Greek: Περσεφόνη, Persephonē), also known as Kore (Greek: Κόρη), is the goddess of the dead and queen of the underworld in ancient Greek religion and myth. The daughter of Zeus and Demeter, Persephone is the wife of Hades, with whom she rules over the souls of the dead. As a vegetation goddess, she presided over the bounty of the harvest as it emerged during the season of spring.

Persephone and her mother Demeter were the central figures of the Eleusinian Mysteries, which promised initiates a reward in the afterlife. The tale of her being abducted by Hades, during which she was tricked into eating seeds from a pomegranate (the food of the dead), served to explain the cause of the seasons, and is one prominently featured in ancient Greek literature. Her symbols included the pomegranate, flowers and seeds of grain. The goddess Proserpina is her Roman counterpart.