Persephone was the goddess queen of the underworld, wife of the god Hades. She was also the goddess of spring growth, who was worshipped alongside her mother Demeter. She was seized by Hades and carried off to the underworld as his bride.
Her mother Demeter despaired at her dissappearance and searched for her, but the girl had tasted of the food of Haides - a handful of pomegranate seeds - and was forced to forever spend a part of the year with her husband in the underworld. Her annual return to the earth in spring was marked by the flowering of the meadows and the sudden growth of the new grain.