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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.
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.
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, and in the Telesterion people annually participated in the Eleusinian Mysteries, initiation practices into their cult. In Athens, a statue featuring Persephone and her mother stood watch over the road leading from the acropolis to the Sanctuary of Eleusis.
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 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.
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – The Fate of Atlantis: Fields of Elysium
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Attika: Entrance to the Underworld
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – The Fate of Atlantis: Fields of Elysium – Welcome to Elysium
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Attika: Sanctuary of Eleusis
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Attika: Eleusis Telesterion
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Attika: Statue of Demeter and Kore
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Odyssey Into the Past