Hades (Myths and Legends of the World)
In Greek mythology, Hades was the god of the underworld, the kingdom of the dead. (The Romans called him Pluto.) Although the name Hades is often used to indicate the underworld itself, it rightfully belongs only to the god, whose kingdom was known as the land of Hades or house of Hades.
Hades was the son of and Rhea, two of the Titansone of a family of giants who ruled the earth until overthrown by the Greek gods of Olympus who once ruled the universe. The Titans had other children, the gods and PoseidonGreek god, ruler of the sea, and brother of Zeus (Roman god Neptune) and the goddesses , HeraGreek goddess, wife and sister of Zeus; queen of heaven (Roman goddess Juno), and Hestia. When Hades was born, Cronus swallowed him as he had swallowed his other children at birth. However, Zeus escaped this fate, and he tricked Cronus into taking a potion that made him vomit up Hades and his siblings.
Together these gods and goddesses rebelled against the Titans and seized power from them. After gaining control of the universe, Hades, Poseidon, and Zeus drew lots to divide it among themselves. Zeus gained control of the sky, Poseidon took the sea, and Hades received the underworld.
The Underworld Kingdom. The kingdom of the...
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