Facts About Hades

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Hades is one of the most well-known gods. He rules over the underworld and all the dead. There are not very many myths about this god, but the ones that do exist are pretty interesting. Hades has interesting myths about creating seasons, punishing the dead, and helping gods on their quests. The most interesting myth of Hades is about how Persephone came to be his wife. The goddess of growth and fertility, Demeter, had a daughter with Hades brother, Zeus. They named her Persephone. Hades fell in love with her and wanted to make her his wife. He politely asked for Zeus’ consent to marry his daughter. Zeus knew that Demeter would hate if Persephone lived so far away, but he thought Hades would be a good husband. He said that he could not give an official approval of the marriage, which meant that Hades could proceed with the marriage without approval (Houle). One day, Hades waited until Persephone was alone to snatch her up and take her to the underworld (Hades). Demeter was so furious that she did not let anything grow on Earth. Zeus eventually sent a messenger to retrieve Persephone from the underworld. Before Persephone left, Hades gave her a few pomegranate seeds to eat. She…show more content…
He was not evil (Hades). He was friendly to other gods and people and helped them on their quests. For example, when Perseus set off to kill Medusa, Hades gave him his helmet that turned the wearer invisible (Roman). Perseus used this helmet to sneak up on Medusa without her noticing he was there. Without the help of Hades, Perseus might not have been able to kill Medusa (Sherman). Also, Heracles needed to bring Cerberus, the guard dog of the underworld, to Eurystheus. He went to the underworld and asked Hades for permission to take Cerberus. Hades said that it was okay as long as he did not use weapons when trying to contain it. Thanks to Hades, Heracles was able to complete the eleventh labor
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