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Tartarus is the deepest part of the Greco-Roman underworld, where gods and monsters of monstrous nature are imprisoned for rebelling against the authority of the Olympian gods.
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Tartarus is the darkest and deepest area of the Greek Underworld, where gods, angels, and royal demons imprison their most dangerous enemies. It is a prison reserved for those who opposed the ruling of the divine and demonic and prove a danger for Creation.

Overview

Tartarus is also the primordial Greek god of the abyss. Tartarus is both a deity and a place even lower than any Underworld. In ancient Orphic sources and in the mystery schools Tartarus is also the unbounded first-existing "thing" from which the Light and the cosmos is born. In Tartarus, prisoners were guarded by Hekatonkheir, giants each with 50 enormous heads and 100 strong arms.

Zeus asserts that Tartarus is "as far beneath Hades as heaven is high above the Earth." As a place so far from the sun and so deep in the Earth, Tartarus is hemmed in by three layers of night, which surround a bronze wall which in turn encompasses Tartarus. It is a dank and wretched pit engulfed in murky gloom.

Description

According to the Greek poet Hesiod, a bronze anvil falling from heaven would fall 9 days before it reached the Earth. The anvil would take nine more days to fall from Earth to Tartarus, making it approximately 4733.22 miles deep. Tartarus is described as a dark, gloomy pit, surrounded by a wall of bronze and beyond that a three-fold layer of night.

Tartarus is also said to be below the Abrahamic Hell with Raziel explaining that Tartarus is the lowest point of Hell far beneath even the Ninth Circle and is the "middle-ground" between Hell and the Abyss. The demons of the Inferno consider Tartarus as among the worst forms of banishment second only to the Abyss, even. Tartarus is reserved only for the worst of the worst, traitors and fiends of all kinds with no hope of respite or pardon. It is where many demons were banished by the Seven Princes of Hell after their conquest of Hell.

History

When Cronus came to power as the King of the Titans, he apparently imprisoned the one-eyed Cyclopes and the hundred-armed Hecatonchires in Tartarus and set the monster Campe as its guard. Zeus killed Campe and released these imprisoned giants to aid in his conflict with the Titans,

When the Titanomachy ended, the Elder gods of Olympus eventually defeated the Cronus and the Titans. Many, but not all of the Titans, were cast into Tartarus. Epimetheus, Metis, Menoetius, and Prometheus, and most of the female Titans, are some of the Titans who were not banished to Tartarus. In Tartarus, prisoners were guarded by the Hekatonkheir, giants each with 50 enormous heads and 100 strong arms. Later, when Zeus overcame the monster Typhon, the offspring of Tartarus and Gaia, he threw it, too, into the same pit and imprisoned it by trapping a mountain on top of the beast.

Myths and Legends

It is one of the primordial objects which sprung from Khaos, the Abyss. Along with Tartarus, Gaia (Earth), and Eros, emerged into the universe.

The Underworld is considered to be a dark and gloomy counterpart to the bright and happy Mount Olympus. As to also which, Mount Olympus is the realm of the gods whereas the Underworld is the realm of the dead. Tartarus gradually came to mean the entire underworld. As such it was the opposite of Elysium, where happy souls lived after death.

Notable Prisoners

Like Treachery of Hell, Tartarus acts as a prison for the most dangerous beings in not only the Greco-Roman Pantheons, but all of Creation

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Trivia

  • It is one of the primordial objects that sprung from Khaos, along with Gaea, though some believe it was a son of Aether and Khaos, whilst Orphic sources claim Tartarus to be the unbounded first-existing entity.
  • During the classical era, Tartarus is where the gods imprison their enemies.
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