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How did Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades decide who would rule what?

There is some disagreement on this issue. According to Theogony, lines 881-885 (emphasis mine): But when the blessed gods completed their toil and made settlement of honors for the Titans by brute ...
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Why are Kore and Persephone interchangeable in the myth regarding Hades wife?

Kore was the Ancient Greek word for young girl, the equivalent of our maiden, and Persephone was often referred to as such to highlight her innocence.
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How did Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades decide who would rule what?

According to Pseudo-Apollodorus, the three brothers drew lots to decide their dominions: But when Zeus was full-grown, he took Metis, daughter of Ocean, to help him, and she gave Cronus a drug to ...
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Are there any children of Hades?

Yes, and for future questions of this type, Theoi is a great resource. Depending on the source, he had three children plus the Erinyes. The latter are problematic, as Aeschylus' Oresteia presume ...
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Why would Hades visit a battlefield?

Indeed, the city of Pylos, in Elis, was one of the few places with a cult of worship dedicated to Hades. This his probably why he cared enough about the city to be personally present for the battle. ...
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Why would Hades visit a battlefield?

Pylos was the only city in ancient Greece dedicated to the worship of Hades. So, it would appear that Hades joined the battle on the side of the Pylosians. During the battle for Pylos, Heracles ...
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When did Hades leave the Underworld?

Hades leaving his cozy domain was rare, but not unheard of. Persephone wasn't the only reason that compelled him to take a trip above ground, she wasn't even his only kidnapping; Leuce suffered a ...
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After Triptolemus being added to Hades' jury, is Minos the most important judge?

From Plato's Gorgias, page 524: οὗτοι οὖν ἐπειδὰν τελευτήσωσι, δικάσουσιν ἐν τῷ λειμῶνι, ἐν τῇ τριόδῳ ἐξ ἧς φέρετον τὼ ὁδώ, ἡ μὲν εἰς μακάρων νήσους, ἡ δ᾽ εἰς Τάρταρον. καὶ τοὺς μὲν ἐκ τῆς ...
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How did Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades decide who would rule what?

Based on Zeus' having rescued his siblings from the belly of their father Kronos; and on the deal that he made with the Titans who eventually sided with him (which is the majority of the Titan ...
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Hades, in Greek Mythology, was he really a bad guy, or just a hard to understand God?

Hades main story involved the abduction of his niece, the Kore (aka Persephone), and subsequent forced marriage. So, from a modern perspective, we could say he is a bad guy. But, it's important to ...
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How did Hades get Kerberos?

In 1828 the Danish sculptor Albert Bertel Thorvaldsen made this piece (above), entitled Cupid Leading Cerberus. On his website the Greek Mythology Link, Carlos Parada has labelled this picture: "Cupid ...
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How did Hades get Kerberos?

In Hesiod's Theogony Cerberus was the offspring of Echidna and Typhon (on the other hand, Hesiod did call him fifty-headed, so). To back this story up, note that Euphorion of Chalcis described him as ...
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Hades and Pluto (Apollodorus)

Welcome! This is a good question, and the short answer is that the Greeks used both names, depending on the context. "Hades" is the older name associated with this deity. Over time, of course, that ...
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Why was Poseidon an Olympian but not Hades?

Poseidon does actually live underwater. From the Iliad: Forthwith then he went down from the rugged mount, striding forth with swift footsteps, and the high mountains trembled and the woodland ...
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How did Hades get to know Persephone?

Most Greek accounts - even the otherwise extraordinarily comprehensive mention in the Hymn to Demeter - don't mention the cause of Hades' infatuation with Persephone. I would tempted to snarkily write ...
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Does Hades's Helm of Darkness appear anywhere else in Mythology?

Yes. Perseus vs Medusa Before setting off on his mission to go kill the monster Medusa, Perseus received certain special items to help the project along. One of the items was the Aidos kyne (or ...
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Why are Kore and Persephone interchangeable in the myth regarding Hades wife?

As Piper notes, κόρη (kore-ay) is the Greek word for girl. The linked lexical entry lists usage as girl, bride, and daughter. All three usages are central to the Persephone myth in that, unlike her ...
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Was there meant to be a connection or comparison between Poseidon's trident and Hades's bident?

According to Wikipedia The Romans drew on Etruscan traditions for the interpretation of these signs. A tile found at Urbs Salvia in Picenum depicts an unusual composite Jove, "fairly bristling ...
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Was Plutus the son of Pluto and Proserpina?

There are a lot of holes in what we know about the mythology surrounding Pluto/Hades and Persephone. We have traces of several traditions regarding their relationship and possible offspring, and they ...
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Why are Kore and Persephone interchangeable in the myth regarding Hades wife?

I've read that when she was young she was called Core (maiden), and after she was kidnapped she changed her name to Persephone (bringer of destruction/death). I see it as a sort of coming of age thing....
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Why did Hades let Heracles rescue Theseus?

According to Diodorus Siculus, it was Herakles favour of Theseus that persuaded Hades to release him: Peirithoos now decided to seek the hand of Persephone in marriage, and when he asked Theseus to ...
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Hades, in Greek Mythology, was he really a bad guy, or just a hard to understand God?

I would like to clear up the stereotype that surrounds Hades and makes him look like a bad guy. In modern time whenever you watch a movie or play a videogame where Hades is one of the characters they ...
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Does anyone else sample the food of the Underworld?

Later authors don't seem to have considered underworld food binding in the same way. Lucian of Samosata wrote a parody of travelogues called the True History (Alēthē Diēgēmata), in which the narrator ...
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Original Myth and translation of Hades asking to kidnap Persephone

    Homeric Hymn to Demeter 1-3 (A.N. Athanassakis translation) No Ancient Greek source that I have come across explicitly mentions Hades asking for Persephone. In one way or another they ...
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Who said Hermes helped Hades?

I'm not aware of any version of the myth that has Hermes helping hades abduct Persephone, although I'm very happy to be corrected on this. However, I want to suggest an alternative interpretation ...
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Original Myth and translation of Hades asking to kidnap Persephone

The Rape of Persephone as it was performed 24 000 years ago in Grotte Chauvet in five acts. This is a single panel at the furthest darkest end of the cave. It's read right to left: I feel like '...
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How did Hades get to know Persephone?

He didn’t. In the original abduction myth, he just asked Zeus for a wife. And Zeus offered him Persephone, he also “advised” him to kidnap her and helped him with it too. It doesn’t seem that Hades ...

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