Persephone's Story:

In Greek Mythology, Persephone is the goddess of spring. According to her story, she was abducted, raped and taken to the underworld by Hades, the lord of the underworld. When her mother, Demeter, found out what had happened to Persephone, she convinced Zeus to force Hades to release her. Before Persephone could leave, Hades made her eat a pomegranate, which meant that she would have to return to the underworld for one-third of the year. According to the legend, the time Persephone spends in the underworld is the time in which there is winter on the earth. Because Persephone made it out of the underworld, she can be called the first rape survivor. As rape survivors we can take comfort from the knowledge that although winter is hard, there is always spring around the corner.

I named this site "Escaping Hades" because I have always felt like I am trying to escape my attacker and heal from what he did to me.

The Myth of Persephone:

Persephone the daughter of Demeter. She is also known as the Roman god Proserpine, and Kore, which is translated into the Maiden. Her attributes in iconography include a crown, a torch, a scepter, and stalks of grain.

Persephone's story has been represented by several different artists in their work. Click any of the pictures below to make them larger.




The Rape of Proserpine: Rubens, Peter Paul, 1619-1620


The Abduction of Perserpine: Boucher, Francois, 1769


Pluto and Proserpine: Bernini, Gian Lorenzo, 1621-1622


Hades and Persephone: ca 460-450 BC


The Rape of Persephone: Vergina, tomb, ca 350 BC