Other variants of the myth place Hades' niece and beloved on the banks of the Cefiso River, in Eleusis, or at the foot of Monte Cilene, in Arcádia, where a cave led to the Hells; in others, near Knossos, Crete. It is also said that Zeus, to help his brother in the capture of Persephone, while she was picking flowers, posted a narcissus (or a lily) on the edge of an abyss and she, when picking the flower, fell, because the Earth opened, Hades appears to capture her. Demeter sets out on a useless search for her daughter, going from Eos (the Aurora) to the Hesperides (in the west).
In his pilgrimage he saves a boy, who is charged with teaching men how to farm. Desperate, she stops by the same river Cíano where her daughter was taken. The nymph who lived there is hidden, fearing reprisals from the god of the Hells, but she lets the garland that Persephone had dropped when taken be carried over the waters. Upon seeing her, the goddess revolts, blaming the land for her suffering: the curse she casts causes the infertility of the soil and the death of cattle. Seeing the desolation caused by the goddess's revenge, the source Aretusa decided to intercede. Looking for Demeter, she tells her story - of how she was pursued by Alphaeus, along the river of the same name and, helped by Artemis, who had opened an underground path for her escape to Sicily, she then saw Persephone being taken by Hades - still sad , but already bearing the countenance of Queen of the Underworld.