Old 10-21-2014, 03:56 PM
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Cerberus etymology?

From here:
The name "Cerberus" is a Latinised version of the Greek Kerberos. The etymology of this name prior to Greek is disputed. It has been claimed to be related to the Sanskrit word सर्वरा sarvarā, used as an epithet of one of the dogs of Yama, from a Proto-Indo-European word *k̑Úrberos, meaning "spotted".
So... Hades, the god of the Underworld, named his dog 'Spot'?
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Old 10-22-2014, 08:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Johnny L.A. View Post
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So... Hades, the god of the Underworld, named his dog 'Spot'?
Yes. I've read this elsewhere.

In this famous Greek vase Kerberos isn't depicted as spotted, but the snakes attached to him* are.


*Snakes are a common attribute of "underworld" figures. I know of no text that describes Kerberos as being covered by snakes, Medusa-like, but you can see it in depictions like this

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