Wealth and laments: Hades giver of good things

5:00pm - 6:30pm / Tuesday 10th October 2017 / Venue: Walbank Lecture Theatre Abercromby SQ (south)
Type: Seminar / Category: Department / Series: Classics and Ancient History Seminar Series
  • Suitable for: Anybody interested in the topic, including university staff and students and members of the public.
  • Admission: This event is free and open to all. No registration neccessary, for further information please contact Georgia Petridou: petridou@liverpool.ac.uk
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Dr Diana Burton, Victoria University of Wellington/Institute of Classical Studies London

Hades is one of the most contradictory of gods: a ruthless and greedy snatcher of the living, a remote and inactive lord of the dead, a benign and generous deity of agricultural prosperity. Such differences are largely driven by the demands of genre and media; the god who snatches a young girl in a funerary inscription is clearly going to show a different personality to the god who dispenses agrarian wealth. In this paper I will consider some contradictory aspects of the god across a range of sources, and in doing so will discuss the common core that binds the different aspects of Hades into one coherent god.