Persephone (also called Kore or Kora) is the Greek goddess queen of the underworld associated with fertility, vegetation, and spring. She is the daughter of Zeus and Demeter and the wife of Hades, with whom she rules the underworld. Abducted by Hades, who was in love with her, Persephone ate some pomegranate seeds (the pomegranate representing life, regeneration, and marriage), and thus tied herself to him. Persephone's mother was not happy and prevented the earth from bearing fruit unless she saw her daughter again. Zeus worked out a compromise for Persephone to live with Hades for one-third of the year (winter) and the other two-thirds with the gods in the world above. Persephone's return from the underworld each year heralds the arrival of spring. Modern interpretations of Persephone portray her not as a victim, but as a woman with power who transcends the role of daughter and becomes an "awakened" Queen.