Hades & Hercules in Greek Mythology

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Hades & Hercules in Greek Mythology
Ancient Greeks saw Hades as the eternal place of the dead. (Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Greek mythology is the study of ancient Greek legends and myths complete with heroes and gods. Most of Greek mythology is constructed into stories to help people understand the beginning of the world and how their world came to be. Greek mythology has had a huge impact on the Greek culture. A significant part of Greek mythology can be linked to Hades, the god of the dead, and Hercules, a great hero.

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Hercules

Hercules mother was a mortal and his father was the god, Zeus. He became a hero while he lived and after he died, he became a god. He is the only person that was born a mortal that became a god after his death. Hercules was known for his strength, but not his wisdom. To many, Hercules was regarded as a muscle bound buffoon. Often in plays he was portrayed this way. However, those that knew him insisted he was loyal to his friends and would do anything to help them. Because he was so strong, no one could pass along punishment to Hercules; however Hercules would commonly punish himself for his mistakes and errors.

Hades

Hades was known as the god of the dead, and the god of wealth, and in particular the wealth of the hidden world. He was considered a greedy god, overly concerned with increasing the numbers of people under his ruling. He never allowed his subjects to leave the underworld once they entered. Hades would wear a helmet that would allow him to be invisible. He would rarely be seen anywhere besides the underworld.

Connection Between Hades and Hercules

Hades and Hercules are connected by Zeus. Hades is a brother to Zeus and Hercules is the son of Zeus. Hades, Zeus, and their other brother Poseidon drew lots to determine what part of the world they would rule. Hades was the unlucky one who drew the underworld. Zeus loved his son, Hercules. He eventually made him a god.

Relationship Between Hades and Hercules

Hades and Hercules did not get along. Hades hated Hercules because he was the son of Zeus and would become top god in Zeus' place -- a position Hades wanted for himself. Hercules had to complete certain acts to become a god. One of which was to retrieve Cerberus, a multi-headed canine guard of the underworld. In order for him to do this, he had to fight Hades. He ended up injuring Hades and completing his task.

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