May 15

Was Hades in Greek mythology really a faithful god?


Was Hades in Greek mythology really faithful? Or why did the Greeks create a character like this god?

Compared to his two brothers, Zeus and Poseidon, Hades has always been portrayed in popular culture as a faithful god. Throughout the stories of Greek mythology, Hades had only one wife, Persephone.

Hades – The god of death

According to popular versions of Greek mythology, Hades was the eldest son of the Titans Kronos and Rhea. This god joined his siblings in the Titan war and became one of the early gods of the Olympus dynasty. Hades was assigned to govern the underworld, taking care of the job of guiding the souls of the dead to the right place for the good or evil they did while alive.

Hades has almost no related stories like Zeus or Poseidon, the god only appears in a few stories related to the hero’s journey to the underworld. In addition, Hades seems to rarely punish mortals, unless they come to the world of this god to cause trouble.

It is because of Hades’ absence from the majority of stories from Greek mythology that in modern popular culture, authors tend to portray him as a virtuous, gentle, and distinctive god. faithful to his wife Persephone.

Hades and mythological interpretations

In Greek, Hades is called Aïdes which means “the Unseen” or “One who cannot be seen”. This name corresponds to the function of a god who governs the underworld and death.

From the function of Hades, it can be understood that this god represents death in contrast to Zeus (the god who rules the sky, representing the life force that helps all things to multiply). Therefore, the Greeks used the story of Hades’ abduction of Persephone and the marriage of both gods as an explanation for the gloom and lack of life in the world during the winter months.

Since Hades represents death, the pairing of the god with other goddesses, as is common in Zeus, offers little meaning or interpretation of nature. Perhaps that’s why there aren’t many stories with Hades interacting with goddesses other than his wife Persephone.

Thus, the faithfulness often praised by modern movies, novels, etc. in Hades is not actually the character of the god, but rather the function attributed to this god by the Greeks.

Hades is good or bad?

Although death is not a good or joyful thing, in many cultures around the world and in ancient Greece alone, people do not see the god who rules over death as an evil god. On the contrary, they still worship and praise Hades on par with other gods on Mount Olympus such as Zeus, Poseidon, Hera…

During the intercultural period with the Romans, Hades was renamed Pluto. The deity is assigned one more function as ruler of the earth, wealth and prosperity. However, the main function of the god is always associated with the dark world, darkness, spirits and is rarely depicted clearly in terms of personality.


Hades, The god of death

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