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Post  AgathonZante on Thu Nov 17, 2016 10:11 am

Does anyone know why Cerberus has 3 heads? What does it mean if anything?

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Re: Anatomy of Cerberus

Post  Erodius on Sun Nov 20, 2016 3:25 pm

AgathonZante wrote:Does anyone know why Cerberus has 3 heads? What does it mean if anything?

It's often analyzed as representation of death devouring all creatures of the sky, earth and sea.

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Re: Anatomy of Cerberus

Post  HailOlympos! on Wed Jan 04, 2017 2:34 pm

According to Hesiod's Theogony, he had 50 heads and was as tall as the sky with the tail of a serpent. Different artists have various ideas about him. Most often, he is also depicted with two heads, rather than 3.

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Re: Anatomy of Cerberus

Post  HailOlympos! on Wed Jan 04, 2017 2:36 pm

Erodius wrote:
AgathonZante wrote:Does anyone know why Cerberus has 3 heads? What does it mean if anything?

It's often analyzed as representation of death devouring all creatures of the sky, earth and sea.




As well as past, present, and future, childhood, middle age, and old age. In many beliefs, the three heads symbolize various things.

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