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The ancient Greeks portrayed the underworld as a place for all the dead and clearly visualized it in their myths and legends The underworld in Greek mythology was not a lively place for it was where all the dead souls went When a person died the soul would be sent to Hades a more formal name for the underworld The dead would go to Hades because there was no annihilation in the Greek mythology The dead are dead because they have a flavorless and unhappy existence The primary ruling god of the underworld is Hades whose brother is Zeus king of the gods and whose parents are Cronus and Rhea Hades is a greedy god with his greatest concern being to increase the number of his subjects He is very stubborn about letting people out of the underworld Hades himself rarely leaves the underworld In one myth however we know of a time when he did leave his soulful domain Hades became very lonely in the underworld and went above and kidnapped Demeters daughter Persephone for his wifePersephone nonetheless was not Hades only significant other Hades had a mistress called Minthe whom Persephone later transformed into a plant Hades is also known as the god of wealth due to the precious metals mined from the earth He has been said to possess a helmet that was given to him by the Cyclops This helmet has been said to make him invisible Hades lent it to gods and mortal men Perseus used the helmet on his quest for Medusas head and Athena goddess of battle skills put to use the helmet so the god of war Ares could not notice her Persephone Hades wife is the goddess of spring and the Queen of the underworld She resides in the underworld for only six months of the year due to Hades kidnapping her She was told not to eat anything for then she would have to remain
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