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The Dread of the Unknown Man has always feared what he can not see or comprehend The ancient times specifically of Greece and Rome were no exception The ancient gods of these two civilizations were regaurded with both veneration and terror None were dreaded more than the dark god of the Underworld Hades His presence to any mortal meant the icy hand of death would sieze him and he would be brought to the sinister gods realm not knowing what would become of him in the after life or what foul tortuous beasts would stalk his exsitance for eternity The kingdom god and inhabitants of Hades were feared by mortal men in ancient times of Greece and Rome and looked upon with both mystery and dread Hades was vexed from the very beginning of his reign as a god of mystery and horror Hades was the son of Cronus and Rhea both Titans along with his brothers Posiden and Zeus Guerber 159 Cronus fearing a prophecy that one day his children would overthrow him devoured all his children after they were born excluding Zeus Ames 14 However one day Zues returned and his siblings were all rescued thus beginning the war with the Titans Ames 15 Hades and his brothers were victoryous over the Titans and divided up the world among into thirds among themselves Pluto the most taciturn of the brothers received for his portion the scepter of Tartarus and all the Lower World where no beam of sunlight was ever allowed to find its way Guerber 25 Gaining control over a realm of death and darkness naturally struck fear in the hearts of mortals The desrciption of his visage and powers reflected the fear mortals had for Hades Little was known of the secluded god his description and personality varied greatly among the people of ancient Greece and Rome Generally Hades was described as a stern dark bearded man with tightly closed lips
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