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Edith Hamilton's Mythology: The Underworld


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Edith Hamilton's Mythology: The Underworld

  1. 1. Edith Hamilton’s Mythology:The Underworld<br />English I Honors<br />Mrs. Pilgreen<br />
  2. 2. Hades (Pluto)<br />God of the Underworld<br />King of the Dead, but NOT Death himself<br />God of Wealth (precious minerals found underground)<br />Helmet of Invisibility<br />Rarely left Underworld<br />
  3. 3. Persephone (Proserpine)<br />Wife & Niece of Hades<br />Daughter of Demeter<br />Her absence from earth causes the seasons to change<br />
  4. 4. Underworld<br />Greeks believed it could be entered at various locations in caves and lakes<br />2 sections:<br />Tartarus<br />Erebus<br />Elysian Fields: where heroes go after they die<br />
  5. 5. Rivers of the Underworld<br />Acheron: River of Woe<br />Styx: River of Unbreakable Oath<br />Lethe: River of Forgetfulness<br />
  6. 6. Cerberus<br />3-headed dog<br />Guards the gates to the Underworld<br />Lets everyone in, but won’t let anyone out<br />
  7. 7. Charon<br />Ferries the souls of the dead <br />Money is put on the lips of the dead to pay Charon<br />
  8. 8. The Furies<br />Punish evildoers in the Underworld <br />Pursued sinners on earth<br />
  9. 9. Tantalus<br />In life, he had his son boiled & served to the gods at a banquet<br />In death, he is tormented by hunger & thirst that he can’t quench <br />
  10. 10. Sisyphus<br />In life, he reported information that led to Zeus being caught with one of his mistresses<br />In death, he is forced to push a large boulder up a hill, only to have it roll back down once he reaches the top<br />
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