Hades In Edith Hamilton's Mythology

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Hades The ruler of the underworld is Hades. Throughout history Hades has been interpreted in many different ways from Edith Hamilton’s Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes. For example, Jonathan Liebesman’s: Wrath of the Titans, which has the modern version on how Hades is depicted in the twenty-first century. Also, Hades is pictured in many different ancient paintings on vases and other different kinds of art. From the way Hades and his underworld is depicted in Edith Hamilton’s Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes, is different in how he is pictured in our present day and in other ancient descriptions, plus in art. Hades is the king of the underworld and Persephone is the queen. There are many different ways a person could…show more content…
Before Hades had control of the underworld, he, Zeus, and Poseidon had to dethrone their father Cronus. Then, they all drew lots and Hades was tricked into getting the underworld (“Hades,” Britannica 1). Hades did supervise the trials and punishments of the bad after death, but he did not judge in the underworld. Also, he did not personally torment the guilty. The task was given to the Furies (“Hades,” Britannica 1). Therefore, he does have helpers in the land of the dead, such as Thanatos, Hypnos, and Cerberus, who keep all the wicked in their tormented state (“Hades,” Lindemans 1). He sits on his throne which is made out of ebony. Also, in this description he carries a scepter and had the helmet that the Cyclopes gave to him. It makes him invisible (“Hades,” Lindemans 1). Heroes have gone down to the underworld to talk or free souls. Hades does not really allow the dead to leave the underworld, but on some occasions he gives permission. For example, Orpheus, when he wanted his wife, Eurydice back (“Hades,” Lindemans 1). People tried avoid speaking his name lest they got his undesired attention. People that sacrificed blacksheep, the blood flowed into pits. They would bank there on the ground. Only narcissus and cypress were sacred to Hades (“Hades,” Lindemans 1). Sadly, all the gods disliked Hades the most (“Hades,” Lindemans 1). The ancient descriptions are similar to Edith…show more content…
For example, in the movie Wrath of the Titans by Jonathan Liebesman, Hades deeply hates his brothers and sisters. He almost ultimately destroys the underworld by awakening the titan Cronus, which is his daddy. Near the end, Zeus apologizes to Hades and they both fight together to help Pursues slay Cronus. There are some similarities and differences in the movie to Edith Hamilton’s Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes. First, Hades in the movie has a staff with two stakes and in the book he does not. Another difference is that he does not have the helmet in the movie, but he does in the book. A good similarity is that Hades is not a super evil god in the book, in the film and in other ancient
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