Cerberus

By: pelly*made

Mar 30 2013

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Aperture:f/3
Focal Length:4.2mm
ISO:100
Shutter:1/59 sec
Camera:VR360,D760

one-headed, but still fierce!

wiki: Cerberus or Kerberos, (Greek form: “Κέρβερος”) is the name of the three-headed hound of Hades, the Greek God of Death. In the Greek mythical tradition, Cerberus is the guardian of the gates of the Underworld, the realm of Hades. His job is to prevent the living from entering the land of the dead and to prevent the dead from escaping the boundaries of the underworld. He is stationed on that bank of the Styx river which adjoins the underworld. Styx river, according to the Greek legends is a supposed boundary between the earth and the underworld. Its waters have miraculous powers that make a person bathing in it, immortal. Therefore, the river also needs to be guarded, a task with which Cerberus is also assigned

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 often differed. The most notable difference is the number of its heads: Most sources describe or depict three heads (each respectively see and represent the past, the present, and the future, while other sources suggest the heads represent birth, youth, and old age). Other sources show it with two or even just one head; a smaller number of sources show a variable number, sometimes as many as 50 or even 100!
-Nowadays Greeks use the word “Kerberos” metaphorically to describe a person who is very severe, strict and austere
-The photo is taken in Tatoi estate, the confiscated summer palace of the exiled king of Greece Constantine, in mount Parnitha of Athens
Ironically this sign lies outside the police station of the estate facing crumbling rural houses…

 

more info about Cerberus:

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/cerberusthree-headed-dog-in-greek-mythology.html

 

 

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