EDIT: In clue #66, Rachel Blake posted on her blog that she is Persephone!
Our no longer faceless hacker guide is shrouded in mystery and cryptic in her communications. What do we know about her? Where is she? and of course, is she alone? These are just a few of the questions surrounding her, and hopefully we can shed some light onto this "Queen of the Underworld".
Artwork: Proserpine, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1874, oil, Tate Gallery in London
Persephone is a major player in Greek mythology. Often considered an Olympian, she crosses storylines with most of the other major Greek gods and goddesses. She is attributed as the Kore or "Young Maiden". She was the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, and became the goddess of the underworld after being abducted by Hades. The story of her abduction, and the ensuing search for her by Demeter, is considered by many scholars to be one of the most important myths in Greek mythology.
- In a second version of the Persephone myth, referenced by Dawn Work-MaKine on her website, Persephone goes willingly into the underworld as an attempt to ease the suffering the souls who reside there and to help prepare them for their 'rebirth'. I have been unable to find a copy of this myth online, but have seen several references to it.
Her name is from the Greek words persô and phonos. Her name has been translated to mean "Destructive Manslayer", "Destroyer of Sound", or "Destroyer of Light". "Destroyer of Light" appears to be the most commonly accepted translation.
Additional Mythology Info:
For reading material, please visit the following:
MythWeb - summary
Encyclopedia Mythica - another summary
Wikipedia - more in-depth information
- oo7surge (Kyle M., thank you for the email!)