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He squeezed its three necks until it stopped slavering poison and lashing its tail, and became meekly compliant. With the dog on a chain it was back to the upper-world at a furious pace.
Cerberus , never having seen daylight before, was violently sick. From his black bile grew the first Aconite plant.
On arrival at Mycenae, King Eurystheus was, as usual, terrified. Even though he was in the midst of a feast, he turned and fled.
The Labors were well and truly at an end. Nobody wanted Cerberus so Heracles let it go. According to other legends, the mere fact that Heracles had discovered a secret entrance to the underworld was enough to intimidate Hades.
Either way, the god of the underworld agreed to let Heracles remove Cerberus, provided that he could capture him without using weapons.
Heracles began to make his way out of the underworld, this time heading for the entrance that was guarded by Cerberus. On his way, he met more helpers, the heroes Theseus and Pirithous, who had been imprisoned after they tried to steal Persephone.
They offered to help Heracles subdue Cerberus, in exchange for him breaking the chains that trapped them in the underworld. Heracles agreed and broke their chains, although, according to some legends, Pirithous was swallowed in an earth quake as soon as his chains were broken.
At last, Heracles and his gang approached Cerberus. Meanwhile, Theseus prevented Cerberus from fighting back.
After a few minutes, Cerberus collapsed from being strangled. Heracles then bound the mighty guardian in chains and dragged him up from the underworld.
The sunlight in the land of the living made Cerberus sick, and he vomited all over the grass, causing poisonous flowers to grow up.
Although he was still sick and weak, the poor dog howled in shame and despair. Nevertheless, Heracles paraded him around Greek cities for weeks, until the gods were tired of seeing the poor beast suffer.
That the myths contained a considerable element of fiction was recognized by the more critical Greeks, such as the philosopher Plato in the 5th—4th century bce.
In general, however, in the popular piety of the…. History at your fingertips. Sign up here to see what happened On This Day , every day in your inbox!
The mother of Cerberus was Echidna. She was a creature that was half snake and half human woman. She had the head and torso of a beautiful woman.
Echidna was known for her deep black eyes. The lower part of her body was that of a serpent. She lived in a cave and lured men there before she consumed them.
The primary job of Cerberus in Greek mythology was as a watchdog for the underworld. He was also a faithful servant to Hades, who was the god of the underworld.
Cerberus is most often depicted moving along the banks of the river Styx. Geryon lived in a city named Tricranium in Greek Tricarenia , "Three-Heads" ,  from which name both Cerberus and Geryon came to be called "three-headed".
Heracles killed Orthus, and drove away Geryon's cattle, with Cerberus following along behind. Molossus, a Mycenaen, offered to buy Cerberus from Eurystheus presumably having received the dog, along with the cattle, from Heracles.
But when Eurystheus refused, Molossus stole the dog and penned him up in a cave in Tainaron. Eurystheus commanded Heracles to find Cerberus and bring him back.
After searching the entire Peloponnesus, Heracles found where it was said Cerberus was being held, went down into the cave, and brought up Cerberus, after which it was said: "Heracles descended through the cave into Hades and brought up Cerberus.
In the rationalized account of Philochorus , in which Heracles rescues Theseus, Perithous is eaten by Cerberus.
After having stolen Helen, to be Theseus' wife, Theseus and Perithous, attempt to abduct Kore, for Perithous, but Aidoneus catches the two heroes, imprisons Theseus, and feeds Perithous to Cerberus.
Later, while a guest of Aidoneus, Heracles asks Aidoneus to release Theseus, as a favor, which Aidoneus grants. A 2nd-century AD Greek known as Heraclitus the paradoxographer not to be confused with the 5th-century BC Greek philosopher Heraclitus — claimed that Cerberus had two pups that were never away from their father, which made Cerberus appear to be three-headed.
Servius , a medieval commentator on Virgil 's Aeneid , derived Cerberus' name from the Greek word creoboros meaning "flesh-devouring" see above , and held that Cerberus symbolized the corpse-consuming earth, with Heracles' triumph over Cerberus representing his victory over earthly desires.
The later Vatican Mythographers repeat and expand upon the traditions of Servius and Fulgentius. All three Vatican Mythographers repeat Servius' derivation of Cerberus' name from creoboros.
The Second and Third Vatican Mythographers, note that the three brothers Zeus, Poseidon and Hades each have tripartite insignia, associating Hades' three headed Cerberus, with Zeus ' three-forked thunderbolt, and Poseidon 's three-pronged trident, while the Third Vatican Mythographer adds that "some philosophers think of Cerberus as the tripartite earth: Asia, Africa, and Europe.
This earth, swallowing up bodies, sends souls to Tartarus. Virgil described Cerberus as "ravenous" fame rabida ,  and a rapacious Cerberus became proverbial.
Thus Cerberus came to symbolize avarice,  and so, for example, in Dante 's Inferno , Cerberus is placed in the Third Circle of Hell, guarding over the gluttons, where he "rends the spirits, flays and quarters them,"  and Dante perhaps echoing Servius' association of Cerbeus with earth has his guide Virgil take up handfuls of earth and throw them into Cerberus' "rapacious gullets.
In the constellation Cerberus introduced by Johannes Hevelius in , Cerberus is drawn as a three-headed snake, held in Hercules' hand previously these stars had been depicted as a branch of the tree on which grew the Apples of the Hesperides.
In French naturalist Georges Cuvier gave the name Cerberus to a genus of Asian snakes, which are commonly called "dog-faced water snakes" in English.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Multi-headed dog in Greek mythology. This article is about the mythical dog.
For other uses, see Cerberus disambiguation. Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. Retrieved 16 July According to Gantz, "Presumably the frequent variant of two heads arose from logistical problems in draftmanship," and Ogden wonders if "such images salute or establish a tradition of a two-headed Cerberus, or are we to imagine a third head concealed behind the two that can be seen?
A relief pithos fragment c. FGrH 1 F27 ; Ogden a, p. See also Lucan , Pharsalia 6. Reproduced from Baumeister's Denkmäler des klassichen Alterthums, volume I.
Heracles is also given the task by Eurystheus in Hecataeus of Miletus , fr. FGrH 1 F27 , Euripides , Heracles — , Pirithous TrGF 43 F1 lines 10—14 Ogden b, pp.
So also in Euphorian , fragment 71 Lightfoot 13 Lightfoot, pp. Euripides , Heracles 22—25 , calls this labor the last. However according to Diodorus Siculus , 4.
Apollodorus adds that, since it was unlawful for foreigners to be initiated, Heracles was adopted by Pylius, and that before Heracles could be initiated, he first had to be "cleansed of the slaughter of the centaurs"; see also Frazer's note 2 to Apollodorus, 2.
Apollodorus , 2. An entrance at Tainaron is mentioned as early as Pindar , Pythian 4. FGrH 1 F27 ; Euripides , Heracles 22—25 ; Seneca , Hercules Furens — pp.
Hades] said". Panyassis F26 West West, M. Compare with Seneca, Hercules Furens 48—51 pp. This question is echoed in Seneca, Hercules Furens — pp.
Seneca's account may reflect a much older tradition rationalized by Hecataeus of Miletus , fr. FGrH 1 F27 , see Ogden a, p.
Tzetzes , Chiliades 2. Nicander alexipharmaca 13b; Dionysius Periegetes , —; Eustathius , Commentary on Dionysius Periegetes —; First Vatican Mythographer , 1.
For aconite in the vicinity of Heraclea, see also Theophrastus , Historia Plantarum 9. Apollonius of Rhodes Argonautica 2. For the question of authorship see Gantz, p.
Compare with Apuleius , Metamorphoses 6. Compare with Odes 2. Cerberus is perhaps being led by Heracles, but only the left arm is preserved.
According to Smallwood, the identification as Heracles and Cerberus is "suggested by Dunbabin, taken as certain by Schäfer" p.
Exceptions include: LIMC Heracles , one head. Exceptions include: LIMC Herakles , , one head , two heads.