Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|Which river is often metaphorically used for Hades itself?||Hades
Acheron. The path to the underworld has been described as the one that leads down to the river of woes, Acheron, pouring into Cocytus, the river of lamentation. I hope you enjoyed my quiz.
|Which God guides the souls of the dead down into the underworld?||Hades
Hermes. Hermes is the messenger God. He is the offspring of Zeus and Maia and is known for wearing winged sandals. Among his other achievements Hermes was credited for inventing the lyre using the shell of a tortoise, he gave this instrument to Apollo (who, in some versions of the story, was given the credit for its creation).
|Cocytus is the river of woe?||Hades
f. Acheron is the river of woe. The shades are ferried across this river by Charon. Cocytus is the river of lamentation.
|What is Phlegethon the river of?||Hades
fire. Phlegethon is one of the lesser known of the myriad rivers in Hades.
|Which river was known as river of lamentation?||Hades
Cocytus. This river flows into Acheron. The unburied were forced to wander around its banks for years as they weren't allowed to continue any further than this without a burial.
|How many rivers of the underworld are there?||Hades
5. There are five rivers. Styx, Lethe, Acheron, Cocytus and Phlegethon. Thay each represent different things.
|What is the name of the river of forgetfulness?||Hades
Lethe. This was one of the five rivers of Hades. The dead had to drink from it to forget about their lives on earth.
|How many heads does Cerberus have?||Hades
3. Cerberus is a three headed dog who guards the entrance to Hades allowing souls to enter but none to leave. The dog also had the tail of a serpent. Cerberus was the result of the union of Echidna (the mother of all monsters) and Typhon.
|What is the name of the old ferryman who supposedly ferries the dead down the river Styx?||Hades
Cheron . Is is a misconception that Charon journeys down the river Styx. He actually travels down the river Acheron where Cerberus stands guard.
|Everyone has heard of the river Styx but what does this river represent?||Hades
hate. This is the river that separates the world of the living and the world of the dead. It is said to wind around Hades nine times.
Eumenides. The ancients used such a flattering and obviously misleading name for the Furies because they feared that calling the Furies what they really were would anger them, causing them to come after you.
Lethe. As souls began to depart from the Elysian fields to be reborn on Earth, they drank from the Lethe (the river of forgetfulness) to forget their past life. The Cocytus was the river of wailing, the Styx was the river of hate, or of unbreakable promises, and the Acheron was the river of woe.
Tityus. Ixion was punished by being attached to a flaming wheel. Tantalus was punished by standing in a pool of water he couldn't drink from under apple trees he couldn't eat from. As for Prometheus, an eagle instead of a vulture ate out his liver every day upon a mountain instead of in the underworld. Tricky tricky...
Chthonian. Not only is Hades called Chthonian, but this name is also attached to his realm and its inhabitants. This name refers to anything of the earth, as apposed to anything Olympian or of the upper air.
Aeacus. Minos and Rhadamanthus were the other two judges. Minos is the legendary king of Crete and Rhadamanthus was his brother. Milanion challenged Atalanta to a footrace and won by throwing golden apples on the ground. In other versions of the myth Hippomenes is accredited with this feat.
11. Homer's "Odyssey" is the earliest account of the underworld in which Odysseus approaches the entrance. Here he performs the ritual of Nekuia, where he pours out blood into a pit to summon the souls of the dead to drink.
seasons. Their story gives the Greeks their seasons. When Persephone is about to come up from the Underworld Demeter is happy and everything begins to grow, spring.
When Persephone is with her she is completely happy and it is summer and part of fall. When Persephone is going to go back to the Underworld it is the rest of fall. And when she goes to the Underworld it is winter and nothing grows because Demeter is sad.
about 4 months every year. Persephone has to stay with Hades four months every year; she just ate four seeds so she didn't have to stay with him forever. This will affect Demeter's mood on how she grows things.
He wanted her to be his wife. Hades thought Persephone was really beautiful and took her to the Underworld to be his wife. He was lonely down there with only dead souls for company, so you really can't blame him.
pomegranate. Right before Zeus was going to take Persephone away Hades said, "It's a long journey back, why don't you have a snack before you go?" He then offered her a pomegranate, knowing that once you eat the food of the dead, you have to stay in the underworld.
eaten the food of the dead. Zeus asked her if she had eaten the food of the dead. Once you have eaten the food of the dead, you can not leave the Underworld. So if Persephone would have eaten the food she would have had to stay there forever.
Zeus. Zeus noticed that the food had stopped growing and asked Demeter what was wrong. When she told him he went to the Underworld to get Persephone back so Demeter would start to grow things again.
gathering flowers in a field. Hades came up from the Underworld one day and found her walking in a field. He thought she was beautiful so he took her back into the underworld with him so she could be his wife.
making things grow. Demeter is the goddess of making things grow. She was thanked by the people when they had a good harvest and was blamed when they had a bad harvest.
Demeter. Demeter is Persephone's mother. Hera is Zeus' wife, Helen is the most beautiful woman, and Athena is the goddess of wisdom in war. Demeter is also Hades' sister.
The Underworld. Hades is the god of the Underworld. Poseidon is the god of the ocean. Zeus is the god of everything. The ferryman Charon ferries the dead souls across the river. That is why the Greeks put money in the coffin of the dead loved ones, so they would be able to pay Charon to get to the other side.