Hades (Pluto) was the God of the Dead. He ruled the kingdom of the
dead which was also named Hades. He was the son of Cronus and Rhea
(Titans), and the older brother of Zeus (the King of the Gods). In spite of
Hades importance to the Greeks, they did not devote any rituals to him and
have few myths involving him directly.
The kingdom of Hades was a neutral region reserved for souls of
people who deserved neither punishment nor reward. Hades was also used
as a prison where the Cyclopes were kept in the time of the Titans.Hades
was dull and boring, but not painful.
Hades like his brothers and sisters , was swallowed at birth by Cronus
(his father) to prevent the fulfillment of a prophecy that one of Cronus’
offspring would grow up to replace him on the throne. Many years later
Zeus (who had been hidden by his mother) made Cronus vomit up Zeus’
siblings, and then led them to overthrow the Titans.
They knew they needed help defeating the Titans so they traveled to
the underworld to release theCyclopes from their captivity. Cyclopes were
a tribe of one-eyed giants who were fine metal smiths. Cronus had
imprisoned them in Tartarus (a region of the Underworld that was used for a
prison and a place of exile and punishment). The Cyclopes crafted gifts for
the brothers (thunderbolts for Zeus, a trident for Poseidon, and a magic
helmet that made the wearer invisible for Hades).
The war was long and bloody. They finally won when Hades furtively
moved up on Cronus. Poseidon pinned him down (with his trident), and Zeus
knocked him out (with his thunderbolts). When the battle was over, they
drew lots to determine the region they ruled over. Poseidon got the sea,
Zeus got the sky, and Hades got the underworld (also knows as Hades).
With his dark, somewhat morbid nature, Hades was undoubtedly
well-suited to his career. Nevertheless, he was bound to be lonely. He