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Pluto, the god of the dead in Greek mythology, was the son of Cronus and Rhea and brother of Zeus and Poseidon (Neptune). The three brothers having deposed their father, cast lots for heaven, the sea, and the infernal region, Pluto obtaining the latter and becoming lord of "the house of Hades," the domain of darkness. Pluto's other and more ancient name was Hades. Ulysses in the Odyssey is represented as sailing towards a far western land, where he encounters Cimmerian gloom; and according to one Greek legend that was Hades. Another tradition places Hades on the verge of the ocean; but the common tradition locates Pluto's kingdom below, and the ground was tapped in invoking him. Hades was not a place of punishment, but simply the abode of death, and Pluto its ruler, his wife being Proserpine.