Cerberus was the dog of Hades, the god of the underworld. He guarded the entrance to the underworld to prevent the dead from leaving. Cerberus was usually depicted as a huge and monstrous dog with three heads and snakes on his tail and mane. One version says that the three heads represent the past, the present, and the future, while a second says that they represent birth, youth, and old age.
According to the Greek poet Aeschylus, Cerberus was born out of the Giants Typhoon and Echidna. Cerberus was once a formidable adversary of the Greek hero Heracles, because Heracles had killed Cerberus' three siblings, the Lion of Nemea, the Lernaean Hydra and the dog Orthus on his labours.
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