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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.
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.
- Κόρη (kórē) is a Greek word meaning 'maiden, girl, bride'.
- The etymology of Persephone is obscure, but may be related to the Greek words πέρθω (pérthō), meaning 'to destroy', and φόνος (phónos), meaning 'murder'.
- Her headgear is based on the Attic helmet.