Ep 8: Poseidon & Hades - "Come Hell or High Water"

12.12.2020 - By Garner's Greek Mythology

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In the 8th episode of Garner's Greek Mythology , we meet  Zeus' two brothers, Poseidon and Hades. The first was the Lord of the Sea, and the second? The dark Lord of the Underworld.

Poseidon, known to the Romans as Neptune, ruled all waters. When crossed he could create earthquakes and rake shorelines with mighty tsunamis. Sailors sacrificed to him to ensure calm seas and safe passage.

Urged on by his sister, Demeter, to create the world's most beautiful animal, he imagined the horse and brought it to life on the plains of Greece. Poseidon himself, a magnificent example of man, was tall and muscled--and always carried an immense trident which he used to strike the earth and seas.

On the other hand, his brother Hades was a stern and dreaded god. Once anyone had entered his underworld, Hades was loathe to release them. The dead crossed the river Styx where Hades judged them by their accomplishments. Were they heroes or laborers? Had they built magnificent temples for the gods, or spent their lives complaining?

Too, Hades had a wife named Persephone, who ventured between the earth and the underworld. Caught up in the machinations of Zeus and her mother, Demeter, Persephone's story is also unveiled in this episode.

Narrated by mythologist and best-selling author, Patrick Garner,  Garner's Greek Mythology is unlike any other Greek history series.  Here these divine beings are viewed as if they were anything but mythical...

If you love these podcasts, you'll also enjoy Garner's novel Homo Divinitas, now available as an audio book on Amazon.com and Audible.com.

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