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In one version of this story, Persephone and Aphrodite both loved Adonis and he spent part of the year with each: time with Aphrodite was the spring and summer; time with Persephone the autumn and winter. In another version, only Aphrodite loved him, and used to hunt with him until a wild boar killed him. She decreed that his death should be mourned every year, and made the red anemone spring from his blood.

Daughter of Zeus and Ceres, who was carried down into the Underworld by Hades. Later, she would spend half the year with Ceres and half with Hades, so giving rise to the cycle of the crop-growing season. Also known as Proserpine.
Greek goddess of love; awarded the Golden Apple of Discord as 'the fairest', by Paris; mother of Eros. (Roman name, Venus.)