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Cerberus by GENZOMAN Cerberus by GENZOMAN
Hi there guys! here goes a image I done the last February as cover for the metal band "Hound of Hades". This pic was done in livestream, was a rly fun comision to do, love cerberus and the idea of showing him at hellīs gate. hope you like it :)
if you want to know more of Hound of hades here goes their website and FB

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Lets wikiattack!!

Cerberus or Kerberos, (Greek form: Κέρβερος, kerberos) in Greek and Roman mythology, is a multi-headed hound (usually three-headed) which guards the gates of The Underworld, to prevent those who have crossed the river Styx from ever escaping. Cerberus featured in many works of ancient Greek and Roman literature and in works of both ancient and modern art and architecture, although, the depiction and background surrounding Cerberus often differed across various works by different authors of the era. The most notable difference is the number of its heads: Most sources describe or depict three heads; others show it with two or even just one; a smaller number of sources show a variable number, sometimes as many as 50.

Cerberus is said to be the sibling of the Lernaean Hydra, the Nemean Lion, the Sphinx, the Ladon, and the Chimera.

Cerberus was the offspring of Echidna, a hybrid half-woman and half-serpent, and Typhon, a fire-breathing giant whom even the Olympian gods feared. Its brother is Orthrus, always depicted as a two-headed hellhound. The three-heads can respectively see and represent the past, the present, and the future, while other sources suggest the heads represent birth, youth, and old age. Each of Cerberus' heads is said to have an appetite only for live meat and thus allow the spirits of the dead to freely enter the underworld, but allow none to leave. Cerberus was always employed as Hades' loyal watchdog, and guarded the gates that granted access and exit to the underworld (also called Hades).

Capturing Cerberus alive, without using weapons, was the final labour assigned to Heracles (Hercules) by King Eurystheus, in recompense for the killing of his own children by Megara after he was driven insane by Hera, and therefore was the most dangerous and difficult. In the traditional version, Heracles would not have been required to capture Cerberus, however Eurystheus discounted the completion of two of the tasks as Heracles had received assistance.

After having been given the task, Heracles went to Eleusis to be initiated in the Eleusinian Mysteries so that he could learn how to enter and exit the underworld alive, and in passing absolve himself for killing centaurs. He found the entrance to the underworld at Tanaerum, and Athena and Hermes helped him to traverse the entrance in each direction. He passed Charon with Hestia's assistance and his own heavy and fierce frowning.

Whilst in the underworld, Heracles met Theseus and Pirithous. The two companions had been imprisoned by Hades for attempting to kidnap Persephone. One tradition tells of snakes coiling around their legs then turning into stone; another that Hades feigned hospitality and prepared a feast inviting them to sit. They unknowingly sat in chairs of forgetfulness and were permanently ensnared. When Heracles had pulled Theseus first from his chair, some of his thigh stuck to it (this explains the supposedly lean thighs of Athenians), but the earth shook at the attempt to liberate Pirithous, whose desire to have the wife of a god for himself was so insulting he was doomed to stay behind.

Heracles found Hades and asked permission to bring Cerberus to the surface, which Hades agreed to if Heracles could overpower the beast without using weapons. Heracles was able to overpower Cerberus and proceeded to sling the beast over his back, dragging it out of the underworld through a cavern entrance in the Peloponnese and bringing it to Eurystheus. The king was so frightened of the beast that he jumped into a pithos, and asked Heracles to return it to the underworld in return for releasing him from his labors.

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Lockaut Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
aunque me gustaria mas sin la armadura pero aun asi amazing!!
Legion3849 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
Love the double set of jaws.
PsicoDelice Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Student General Artist
This picture inspirated me a lot of creatures. I must say "Thank you"!!! 
Krysnha Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
SerpentSabatour97 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Who wants to pet my dog.
tomeojr Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've read that Cerberus' spittle became Aconite/Monkshood/Wolfsbane as Heracles/Herakles/Hercules brought him out of the Underworld
inukun7 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Great piece loved it !!
Kn1ghtGr3y Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
Samie-Seville Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
very cool
ryde1031 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Amazing as always!!!
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