Hades and Cerberus, his three-headed dog, in the museum of Archeology in Crete.
Image courtesy of Aviad Bublil. Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.
Following the defeat of the Titans by the Jovian gods, Pluto obtained the
kingdom of the underworld. One day, while he was riding through the field of battle,
the goddess Venus
had her companion, Cupid, playfully shoot an arrow into the heart of Pluto.
Struck by Cupid's arrow, Pluto fell in love with the first young lady he saw, who happened to be Persephone. Pluto promptly carried her off into the underworld to be his bride.
Dead souls were escorted to the shores of the River Styx by Mercury
, where they were received
by the boatman Charon, who rowed them across the River Styx to Pluto's kingdom.
Many characters throughout Roman myth crossed the path of Pluto. Ulysses, the famous greek hero, entered the realm to speek to lost souls. He spoke to his dear friend Tiresias, who told him his destiny. He also came across his dead mother, Anticlea, and the great warrior, Achilles. Ulysses was the only one to successfully make a trip to Hades and return to Earth.
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