Hades and the Underworld

1043 WordsJun 9, 20085 Pages
In the time of ancient Greeks many people believed in certain Gods and Goddesses and their mythological stories. Among the many gods and goddesses there was Athena, Goddess of wisdom, crafts, and war. Also there was Apollo, God of the sun, music, healing, prophecy, and poetry. Apollo’s twin sister Artemis Goddess of hunting and archery. Then there’s Poseidon, God of the ocean and brother to the most powerful God of them all, the God of all Gods, Zeus. However, there was only one specific God that mortals and even Gods feared, the brother of Poseidon and Zeus. He was the ruler of the underworld and the dead; he went by the name of Hades. In spite of controlling the underworld and the dead he was not as bad as they made him seem. He did…show more content…
As Hades enjoyed her presence and was happy he ruined Persphane’s life and her mother’s as well. Picture it, dark, gloomy, lifeless. Pictured it? Well that’s the underworld for you. After one’s death there soul was supposidly sent down to the underworld. A joyless and hopeless, where no soul was able to escape once it had entered the doomed pit. However, if my some chance they had permission from Hades himself they were able to leave. Supposively the underground was no a horrible place but for the souls that roamed there it felt as if it were a never ending nightmare. No hope or light of any sort lived in this place. Within the underworld lies many rivers, surrounding it. Around it there are the Acheron, Cocytus, Phlegethon, Styx, and the Lethe rivers. Each river means something different and protects the souls from running away. The Acheron river mean “river of woe”, it was a branch of another river named the Styx river. In Donte’s Inferno it was said that the Acheron was the border line of Hell. The Cocytus means “ the river of wailing”. Instead of being outside and around the underworld in was located inside. Whoever didn’t have the proper amount of money to pay their way in would stay on the banks of the Cocytus for one-hundred years. The Phlegethon meant “river of fire”. It was parralle to the Styx river and flowed with fire that consisted of absoluty no gas. The Styx river is the river that formed a boundry between
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