In Greek mythology Hades was a god who was ruler of the underworld, the zone of the souls of the dead, or, in some versions, the greater part of the underworld not including the Elysian Fields. He was considered to be the brother of Zeus and husband of Persephone. The underworld, Tartaros, came to be called Hades after its ruler.
The Romans equated him to their god Pluto.
- Translation by Martin Hammond, Penguin Classics