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The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World
John RobertsJohn Roberts

monstrous hound that guards the entrance to the Underworld, often called ‘the dog of Hades’. Hesiod makes him a child of Echidna and Typhon, ‘brass‐voiced and fifty‐headed’; three heads are more normal in literary descriptions and in art, while Attic vase‐painters usually make do with two. A shaggy mane runs down his back, and he may sprout writhing snakes. Despite his impressive appearance, however, he failed to keep out ... ...

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