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Cerberus, the guard of the Underworld

Cerberus was the Hades' monstrous hound and the guard of the Underworld

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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