Hades: The God of the Underworld

By: Catie Chavez // 3rd Period

Introduction

In Greek Mythology, Hades, or Pluto, is known as the God of the Underworld, the keeper of the dead, and is also one of the most known Gods.

Family

  • The son of Cronus and Rhea.
  • Brother of Hestia, Poseidon, Demeter, Zeus, and Hera.
  • He abducted married his sister's daughter, Persephone.
  • Hades cannot make children so Persephone, made them herself.
  • His "children" are, Macaria, Melinoe, and Zagreus.

Props and Accesories

  • Hades wore a helmet in which he became invisible. This gift was from the Cyclopses.
  • He had a 3-headed dog, called Cerberus, who guarded the Underworld.
  • Like how Poseidon used his trident, Hades used his two-pronged pitchfork and created earthquakes.
  • He also rode a chariot led by 4 black horses upon his arrival.

Becoming Hades

  • He was swallowed, along with his other siblings, whole by his father.
  • Zeus was born unknown to Cronus and he worked to release his siblings, then after they were released, they worked together to overthrow the Titans and their father.
  • He was feared the most and was called, "pitiless", "loathsome", and "monstrous".
  • Since Hades was such a terrible person, the living people came up with a euphemism. (which is a more soothing word for something that isn't pleasing to say.)

The Underworld

  • Charos, angel of the dead, carried the dead bodies over River Acheron to the Underworld.
  • Cerberus, like I explained before, is the guard of the Underworld.
  • When Persephone was abducted, she became Queen of the Underworld.
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His Name and What He Looks Like

  • Hades had gloomy features, a dark, shaggy beard, and hair that was long and fell over his forehead.
  • Hades in Latin means, "The Unseen One".
  • All precious minerals came from the Underworld, so Hades was called "Pluto" which comes from the word "Ploutos", which means wealth.

Other Interesting Facts

  • Hades isn't actually evil. He only gets harsh when souls try to leave his world or people try to cheat death.
  • Zeus arranged Persephone's time to where she would spend the growing and harvesting season with her mother, and the winter with Hades in the Underworld.

Conclusion

Hades, or Pluto, the God of the Underworld, the God of the Dead, and one of the most known of the Gods. Is he one of the importants?