Hades had many symbols within Greek mythology. His symbols included Cypress, Cerberus, Drinking Horns, his very own scepter, his helmet, and a key.
F o r g o t t e n C h i l d
Hades was the first born of Cronus, a titan. Mythology states that Cronus feared being overthrown so much that he ate his own children.
T h e F a c e o f D e a t h
Hades was banished to rule the underworld as he drew
the short pike, says mythology. According to Greek law, he should have been the ruler of the universe.
G r e e d
Hades was also believed to represent greed and mercilessness by the ancient Greeks.
O c c u l t
Much like any other god, Hades did have followers. They were fascinated with death and attracted minds like that of Plato, Cicero, and Socrates.
T h e U n d e r w o r l d
The underworld was named after the ruler himself, Hades. It contained three levels. These levels were similar to the Catholic equivalent of Hell, Heaven and Limbo all under one roof.
P e r s e p h o n e
Persephone was captured by Hades. He held her captive in the underworld.
According to mythology, Hades tricked her into eating pomegranate seeds which tied her soul to the underworld.
T h e V e i l
In Greek mythology, passing between one life into another meant going through obstacles such as facing Charon, Cerberus or hundred-handers. These are said to reside in the caves of Diros.
T a r t a r u s
Tartarus is one of the three levels in the underworld. It is most similar to hell.
S i s y p h u s
When Sisyphus was about to die he told his wife not to bury him. He was the first person who ever tried to outsmart death.
In his failed attempt he achieved an eternity of pain and repetition in Tartarus.
I s l e s o f t h e B l e s s e d
The isles of the blessed are located in Elysium and this is the second level of Hades. Considerably, this is the equivalent of the Christian heaven.
O r p h e u s
Orpheus lost his wife, Eurydice, to death. He was so mournful he did nothing but play his instrument. He snuck into the underworld through a spring and played his instrument for Hades. Hades wept and became empathetic so he gave Orpheus a chance to regain his wife back.
D e a t h o f D e a t h
After the rise of Christianity, the Decencies Christine was a rewriting of the gospel that was introduced. It told of Jesus, after his death, and his decent into Hades. It explains how Christ challenged Hades and took his souls, leading them to paradise. This lead to the downfall of Hades as well as Greek mythology overall.