Hades’ function as the king of the underworld and god of the dead is well known, but fewer modern people are aware that he was also considered a god of wealth. Since both valuable minerals and the bounty of the earth came from the ground, the early Greeks regarded Hades and Persephone as his consort to be gods of plenty. From his epithet “Plouton” came his Roman name, Pluto.

Unlike Persephone, Hades had relatively few temples and was often regarded as cold and stern. His worshippers averted their faces when making sacrifices and struck the ground to ensure he would hear their prayers. His attributes include the cap of invisibility, the Key of Hades, Cerberus, and a chariot drawn by four black horses.

As always, prints of this commissioned piece are available directly from me.


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