Sunday, 17 April 2022

Cerberus

Cerberus is a well known creature in ancient mythology. Hades’ loyal guard dog, Cerberus was a massive hound with three heads that guarded the entrance to the underworld. The beast only had an appetite for living flesh and so would only allow dead spirits to pass, while consuming any living mortal who was foolish enough to come near. The three heads were meant to symbolize the past, present and future. Cerberus is probably best known as the twelfth and final labor that Heracles performs. Heracles must enter the underworld, wrestle the beast using no weapons, and then bring Cerberus to the surface world, alive, to present to the Mycenaean king Eurystheus.
Heracles tackled the beast, throws it over his shoulder and drags him to the mortal world. Upon seeing Cerberus, Eurystheus was so terrified that he hid in a large vase and begged Heracles to return the hell hound back to Hades.

See ----->Tartarus and Elysium
The domain of Hades in Greek mythology was not only hell, but was the whole of the afterlife. The realm was Tartarus (hell), the Asphodel Meadows (nothingness), and the Elysian Fields (paradise).
Agostino Carracci (1557–1602)