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Persephone, also called Kore, was an Isu, revered as the Greek goddess of the underworld, springtime, flowers, and blooming.

The daughter of Demeter and Zeus, and the wife of Hades, Persephone ruled the realm of Elysium alongside her friend Hekate.[1]



In time, Persephone and other Isu came to be revered in the Greek pantheon as gods and goddesses.

As the daughter of Demeter, Persephone was known simply as Kore. When Hades, the Greek god of the underworld, stole Persephone to marry her, she came to be known as Persephone.[2]


During the 5th century BCE, Persephone and Elysium were recreated from the memories of the Isu Aletheia in order for the Spartan misthios Kassandra to master the Staff of Hermes Trismegistus. Upon meeting Kassandra, the simulant Persephone reacted to the intrusion into her realm, telling the misthios that she did not belong, but otherwise left her be.[3]

Legacy and influence[]

The Sanctuary of Eleusis within the Sacred Plains of Demeter in Attika was a central location for the worship of Persephone and Demeter,[4] and in the Telesterion people annually participated in the Eleusinian Mysteries, initiation practices into their cult.[5] In Athens, a statue featuring Persephone and her mother stood watch over the road leading from the acropolis to the Sanctuary of Eleusis.[6]

After imbibing lotus flower wine, Barnabas had three visions concerning his wife Leda. In one of these, he swore that Persephone led him where mythical sirens dwelled.[7]

Behind the scenes[]

Persephone's names are based on Greek: Κόρη (kórē) means 'maiden, girl, bride', while 'Persephone' may be related to the words πέρθω (pérthō), meaning 'to destroy', and φόνος (phónos), meaning 'murder'.

The headgear Persephone wears in the Elysium simulation is based on the Attic helmet.

The statue representing Persephone as Kore especially in Attika and Sanctuary of Eleusis in Assassin's Creed: Odyssey is based on the restored Phrasikleia Kore, made by Aristion of Paros in 6th century BCE.




  1. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyThe Fate of Atlantis: Fields of Elysium
  2. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyAttika: Entrance to the Underworld
  3. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyThe Fate of Atlantis: Fields of ElysiumWelcome to Elysium
  4. Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Attika: Sanctuary of Eleusis
  5. Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Attika: Eleusis Telesterion
  6. Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Attika: Statue of Demeter and Kore
  7. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyOdyssey Into the Past