21 August 2007

I ♥ Cerberus

In Greek mythology, Cerberus (in Greek Κέρβερος, Kerberos, "demon of the pit") was the hound of Hades. A monstrous three-headed dog called a hellhound.

Cerberus guarded the gate to Hades and ensured that spirits of the dead could enter, but none could exit (additionally, no living person was to come into Hades). Cerberus is the offspring of Echidna the she-viper and Typhon the father of hot dangerous storm winds and volcanoes; a cute couple.

In the Greek Oracle of the Dead at Cumae in southern Italy, the recently excavated subterranean shrine was found to contain chains fixed to the wall for three large dogs before the entrance to the shrine of Hades and Persephone. The three dogs would have represented Cerberus in this ancient temple.

Sweet Cerberusface was overcome and outsmarted a few times...
Hercules' final labour was to capture Cerberus, which he did by wrestling it into submission.
Ok, thats fair.

Orpheus used his musical skills to lull Cerberus to sleep. Awwwwwwwwwwwwww! Monkey!

Hermes put him to sleep with water from the river Lethe. Cerberus was thirsty!

In Roman mythology, the Sybil of Cumae lulled Cerberus to sleep with drugged honeycakes in order to permit Aeneas fuller entry to the underworld. Mmmmm honeycakes!

In a Greek tale, Psyche also lulled Cerberus to sleep with drugged honeycakes. Dogs love cake!

In The Inferno, Cerberus punishes the gluttons and is passed by Virgil and Dante due to Virgil throwing him a body part of one of Cerberus' victims. Cerberus hungry!


Anonymous said...

It is a good piece about Cerberus/ Kerberos (or Fluffy:P).

evannaatje(Harry Potter-obsessed)

Anonymous said...

in art class in mister p's class @ james wood middle school i am drawing a cerberus:)