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Persephone

The beautiful Persephone was the daughter of the earth goddess Demeter.  Demeter taught the people how to plant and how to grow food so that they may live, and helped them in the gathering of their harvests.  For all that Demeter did for the people they loved her dearly as they did her daughter Persephone.

Wherever Persephone would go the birds would sing for all that had the breath of life loved her dearly.  It was said that wherever Persephone was their was light and happiness.  

One day Persephone went to collect flowers by the sea.  She gathered all the flowers she could and made a beautiful wreath that she placed in her long flowing hair.  Persephone then gathered as many flowers as she possibly could in an apron to bring them back to her mother.

Persephone saw a beautiful flower in the distance and decided that she would go and get it.  As she approached the flower she could see that it was the Narcissus flower.  She grasped the flower and tried to pull it out of the ground.  As she pulled the flower an opening in the ground appeared.

The opening in the ground became larger and larger and out of it came Pluto god of the underworld, riding a chariot led by four black horses.  He grabbed Persephone and placed her in the chariot.  Persephone's flowers fell from her apron as Pluto led her into the underworld.

Pluto told Persephone that he had been very lonely in the underworld and he would take her as his wife, offering all his riches and power.  He took her into his palace and she ate in hunger even though she knew that whoever ate in the underworld could never return to the living world.

Persephone wept for her mother as did her mother for her.  Demeter stopped all her tasks in her sadness and lost her beauty becoming a haggard old woman.  The flowers fell from the trees and death had fallen on the world for the first time.  Demeter would no longer help in the planting nor in the harvesting all she would do is weep.

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  • Oedipus and the Sphinx Oedipus defeats the riddle of the Sphinx yet in the end meets a tragic fate! 
  • The Naming of Athens Read about the contest of two gods of Olympus for the naming of the city of Athens.
  • Echo and Narcissus The story of the Nymph Echo, and unreturned love.
  • Thesseus and the Minotaur How Thesseus became a great hero by removing the curse of the Minotaur.
  • King Midas and the Golden Touch King Midas and how all the riches of the world could not satisfy him, until his greediness became his curse.
  • Medusa the Gorgon Who was Medusa and her Gorgon sisters? Why were they so hideous? This is their story.
  • Pandora This is the little girl that the ancient Greeks believed released the plagues on our world.  How did she do it, and why?
  • Athena and Arachne Our favorite! How the spider was created out of a disrespectful pupil!
  • The Flight of Icarus King Minos ruled the land and the sea how could Deadalus escape with his son?  Through the air! 
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