Brimo was a chthonic deity who was occasionally identified with Persephone of Hekate. The epithet brimo means “angry” or “terrifying”, so it was perfectly suitable for any deity linked to the Underworld. Clement of Alexandria believed that Brimo (the Terrible One) was another name for Demeter, whose wrath was infamous across the world. On the other hand, the Christian writer Hippolytus, in a fine example of utter confusion in regard to the Eleusinian Mysteries, writes that Brimos was the son of Persephone. When the hierophant came out of the Anaktoron and revealed the rite’s sacred and secret objects to the mystai, he supposedly exclaimed, "The Mistress has given birth to a Holy Boy! Brimo has given birth to Brimos! that is, the Strong One to the Strong One”. Other ancient writers advanced the theory that Persephone became known as Brimo after her attempted rape by Hermes. This episode supposedly occurred before Hades laid his consequential claim to Kore. But unlike the lord of the Underworld, Hermes failed to woo Persephone and only ended up making her really angry, thus the name Brimo.