The name Cerberus comes from the Greek "Kerberos" meaning “spotted.” To the Greeks, Cerberus was a monstrous three-headed dog, or "hell hound" with a serpent's tail, a mane of snakes, and a lion's claws.
Cerberus on the map of the Underworld. Cerberus is described as a terrifying and gigantic black and mahogany three-headed Rottweiler dog, easily dwarfing even the biggest Hellhound, since Percy Jackson claimed that Mrs.
The dog on the left side appears to be a dachshund, while the dog on the right appears to be a dalmatian. Unlike the character from Greek mythology, Cerberus does not guard the gates of hell, he instead works as The Devil's underling/gofer.
Cerberus (common name dog-faced water snakes) is a small genus of snakes in the family Homalopsidae.
It is generally depicted as a vicious, gargantuan dog with three heads, although accounts may vary. Cerberus is in fact the Latin transliteration of the Greek name Kerberos.
Cerberus is a three-headed, dog-like Titan who has flames for fur along with sharp teeth that can rip enemies apart and claws that are sharp enough to pin enemies down, making it a very dangerous Titan.
Heracles grabbed Cerberus' head between his arms and strangled him. During the fight, the tail of Cerberus severely injured the hero, but eventually Heracles overpowered the beast and it surrendered. After his victory, Heracles carried it all the way to Mycenae and showed it to the King Eurystheus.
Near the gates of Acheron, one of the five rivers of the Underworld, Hercules encountered Cerberus. Undaunted, the hero threw his strong arms around the beast, perhaps grasping all three heads at once, and wrestled Cerberus into submission.
Heracles carried Cerberus away, showed him to Eurystheus, then returned Cerberus to the underworld. In an apparently unique version of the story, related by the sixth-century AD Pseudo-Nonnus, Heracles descended into Hades to abduct Persephone, and killed Cerberus on his way back up.
Cerberus is a creature on ABC's Once Upon a Time, appearing as a three-headed Doberman Pinscher hellhound demon dog who takes orders from his master Hades.
Cerberus is the three-headed dog that guards the gates of the Underworld. Percy recognizes Cerberus as a Rottweiler, but he's significantly larger than a normal dog—he's big enough to sit on spirits crossing into the Underworld and crush them.
Hephaestus. Hephaestus is the son of Zeus and Hera. Sometimes it is said that Hera alone produced him and that he has no father. He is the only god to be physically ugly.
In Greek myth the three-headed dog, Cerberus, stands guard at the entrance to the underworld. Cerberus' job is to let you into hell but prevent you from ever leaving, perhaps like the valet at the Hotel California. One head of the dog represents the past, one the present, and the third is the future.
Although he was nominally a “hellhound,” Cerberus was not evil; he was a working dog. His job, once he was gifted to Hades, the god of the ancient Greek underworld, was to prevent any living being from entering the realm of the dead, and to keep the dead from escaping.
Cerberus has a demonic appearance. He is an extremely large dog, at least 28ft (8.5m) tall, with thick black fur. Each head has different color highlights that trails down its neck into the fur but blue appears to the most dominant, being present on the legs and back as well as being the color of the spikes.
Strength: Cerberus has great strength, allowing to prevent souls from leaving the Underworld. Multiple Heads: Enables it to look in several places at once, and attack different opponents simultaneously. Immortality: As a mythological beast, Cerberus is functionally immortal.
Meaning & History
Latinized form of the Greek Κέρβερος (Kerberos), which possibly meant "spotted". In Greek myth this was the name of the three-headed dog that guarded the entrance to Hades.
Hercules asked Hades if he could take Cerberus back to the surface. Hades agreed to not only give Hercules safe passage back BUT also let him take Cerberus IF Hercules did so without weapons and no harm came to Cerberus. Hercules agreed. Hercules set off back to the entrance of the underworld to fetch Cerberus.
According to Hesiod, Cerberus' siblings were the two-headed dog Orthos, the multi-headed Lernaean Hydra, and the Chimera, which had the head of a lion and a goat.
Several years later Heracles fell in love with Iole, daughter of Eurytus, king of Oechalia. Deianeira, realizing that Iole was a dangerous rival, sent Heracles a garment smeared with the blood of Nessus. The blood proved to be a powerful poison, and Heracles died.
Azi dahaka, a three-headed dragon in Persian mythology. Cerberus, a multi-headed (usually three-headed) dog in Greek and Roman mythology.
Medusa, in Greek mythology, the most famous of the monster figures known as Gorgons. She was usually represented as a winged female creature having a head of hair consisting of snakes; unlike the Gorgons, she was sometimes represented as very beautiful.
Later authors list many other monsters among the siblings of Cerberus, including the Sphinx, the Nemean Lion, the Caucasian Eagle, the Crommyonian Sow, the Colchian Dragon, Ladon, and even Scylla and the mother of the Gorgons.