“You said you loved me before you were shot,” she said, desperately trying to push those thoughts from her mind. “How long?”

He sighed. “There’s no easy way to answer that. I was often and correctly referred to as cold and hard-hearted for most of my life. I buried the need to experience love, and with it every other emotion, so I could survive— so all of us could survive. And that instinct didn’t leave me once my imprisonment and the war were ended. But throughout the aeons it took to accept the lot I received, I would often reflect on who you would one day become— and how very much you would mean to me. I often thought about you. I even… I dreamed about you sometimes. If that was… as close as I could come to feeling love, then…” He trailed off and looked down. He’d swore on the Styx to tell her.

“How long?” she whispered.

“Persephone…” Hades Aidoneus waited, made sure his wife’s eyes met his, that he had her full attention before he dared to say it. “Persephone, I have loved you and only you for forty thousand years. And I will love you and only you until the stars are shaken out of the sky.” {X}

                                            -  Receiver of Many, by KataChthonia


ASPHODELS - Hades/Persephone Playlist

“I will return 
From you I will return 
I will be always in the wind that goes”

Playlist that I was listening to while reading “Receiver of Many” by KataChthonia (HERE:http://archiveofourown.org/works/690880).

Art credit: http://asphodelon.tumblr.com/ (Go check her Tumblr, she’s amazing!)

 I respect the opinions of others so before you jump down my throat, remember that. I’m not here to anger others or make others feel like their opinion doesn’t count because it does.

I adore Greek mythology. Greek mythology was a large part of my childhood. The Odyssey being one particular piece that I took more interest in than the others until I got into high school. There I began centering my attention on various other stories and points in the Greek mythos; how and why Zeus became married, the creation of man by Prometheus, the point that Leto was pregnant with Artemis and Apollo before Zeus married Hera (and Hera still exacted her envious nature upon Leto), and a particular piece in the mythos that so many take for granted, misinterpret, demolish and destroy, and twist around until it makes one character in the mythos out to look like the monster everyone brands him as.

                                             The Raping of Persephone.

Now don’t mistake the title for Hades sexually assaulting Persephone. The title centers around Hades capturing Persephone. My apologies for not possibly wording that incorrectly? Moving on. Hades is constantly branded as the villain and branded as evil and with media today this false piece doesn’t help (ex. Disney’s Hercules).

This defense against Hades is coming from someone who has spent hours upon hours throughout many days ever since she were old enough to read and write (that was three years old, thank you) of research with the Greek mythos from damn near every which angle of almost every poet and philosopher that wrote their variation on the story. This is coming from someone who is enrolling in college for this subject because it is a passion. A passion I take very seriously to the point of perfectionism.

Hades is not cruel. He did not sexually assault Persephone. Yes, he kidnapped her. He was anything but harsh and cruel to Persephone. Hades sought to marry Persephone and at the time then it was not customary for the male to ask the mother for their daughter’s hand but it was the father who gave the male permission to marry the daughter. Hades went to Zeus to ask for Persephone’s hand and Zeus gave it to her. Demeter had a part in eventually agreeing with the marriage after searching relentlessly and ruthlessly beside Hecate (the only one that sought to assist Demeter in finding Persephone) that Persephone spend six months with Hades and six months with her (Demeter).

Hades also, unlike Zeus and Poseidon, was faithful to Persephone. He never committed adultery. He may have flirted with two nymphs according to some theories (Leuce and Mintha). Persephone swiftly turned these nymphs into plants out of jealousy. In some theories Leuce died of natural causes and Hades, after Leuce’s death, turns her into a poplar.

The love between Hades and Persephone came eventually. I’m not saying it happened over night. It is far from Stockholm syndrome considering the many theories revolving around it. Hades gave every thing to Persephone. What she asked, he gave her. She became queen and even became more important than Hades, himself, in the Underworld. More powerful.

Persephone did not have to eat the pomegranate. Persephone knew what it would get her. In no way shape of form does the Greek mythos explain that Persephone hated, disliked, loathed or was so close to her mother Demeter that she cried and cried when Hades kidnapped her. Each side is a theory and each point is how you look at it.

for further reference into why Hades is not the cruel, abusive, evil, violent god toward anyone and especially Persephone (the one person he loves).

The opinions of others on Hades and Persephone, I am positive, would be different if it was the female who kidnapped the male.

You never hear anymore or at all about gods like Cronus and Poseidon. Cronus was abusive. He ate his children to keep a prophecy from happening and no one chastises him for it. No one makes as big of deal about that as they do about Hades and Persephone. Cronus commits child abuse if you really want to look at it. Poseidon raped Demeter and again no one makes as big of deal about it as they do about Hades. Why? Because of Hades’ reputation. Underworld. Lord of the dead. The media corrupts his image. His brothers are adulterers and I hardly see anyone bringing that up as often as they bring up the kidnapping of Persephone.

Hades is grim and fearsome but he is neither evil or unjust. If Demeter didn’t want Persephone to stay at all in the underworld, despite eating the pomegranate, I bet things could have been arranged otherwise. Persephone is not being held against her will.

And remember that the Greek mythos is stories. Fables. Theories. None leading back to how insanely violent and cruel Hades was with Persephone or being abusive toward her when he LOVED her. So honestly, there isn’t any scholastic evidence .