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Hades
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Hades is the realm of the dead (Death) lying beneath the earth (DeathDeath) or at the end of the world, i.e. beyond the reach of the sun, where the capacity to see and to enjoy life thus lapses into a state of slumber “without seeing” (ἀίδης/a-ídēs, aspirated only in the Attic dialect as ᾅδης/hadēs). Escorted by Hermes the “guide of souls” (ψυχοπομπός/psychopompós), the dead are separated from the living by the burial mound, a gate, a river (Hom. Od. XI). The personification of this realm is the god Hades who, though powerful, cannot be propitiated through …

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Auffarth, Christoph, “Hades”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_09190>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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