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In Greek myths, Rhadamanthus (Ῥαδαμάνθυς; also transliterated as Rhadamanthys or Rhadamanthos) was a wise king, the son of Zeus and Europa. Later accounts even make him out to be one of judges of the dead. His brothers were Minos and Sarpedon. Minos was also a king and a judge of the dead. Rhadamanthus was raised by Asterion. He had two sons, Gortys and Erythrus. In Greek mythology, the underworld indicates the kingdom of deaths. ... Proserpine by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1874) (Tate Gallery, London In Greek mythology, Persephone (Greek Περσεφόνη, PersephónÄ“) was the Queen of the Underworld, the Kore or young maiden, and the daughter of Demeter— and Zeus, in the Olympian version. ... [[Image:Hades (Greek Mythology). ... Front face of the MINOS far detector. ... In Greek mythology, Aeacus (Greek: Aiakos, bewailing or earth borne) was king in the island of Aegina in the Saronic Gulf. ... In Greek mythology, Charon (in Greek, Χάρων — the bright[1]) was the ferryman of Hades. ... Cerberus - Watercolour by William Blake In Greek mythology, Cerberus or Kerberos (Greek Κέρβερος, Kerberos, demon of the pit), was the hound of Hades—a monstrous three-headed dog (sometimes said to have 50 or 100 heads) with a snake for a tail and serpentine mane. ... The Acheron is located in the Epirus region of northwest Greece. ... In Greek mythology, Cocytus, meaning river of wailing (Greek kokutos, lamentation) was the river in the underworld on the banks of which the dead who could not pay Charon wandered, according to most accounts, for one hundred years. ... In classic Greek mythology, below Heaven, Earth, and Hades is Tartarus, or Tartaros (Greek Τάρταρος, deep place). ... In Classical Greek, Lethe (LEE-thee) literally means forgetfulness or concealment. The Greek word for truth is a-lethe-ia, meaning un-forgetfulness or un-concealment. In Greek mythology, Lethe is one of the several rivers of Hades. ... In Greek mythology, Elysium (Greek: ) was a section of the Underworld (the spelling Elysium is a Latinization of the Greek word Elysion). ... In Greek mythology, Styx (Στυξ) is the name of a river which formed the boundary between Earth and the Underworld, Hades. ... In Greek mythology, the river Phlegethon ([river of] fire) was one of the five rivers of the underworld. ... The Asphodel Meadows is a section of the Ancient Greek underworld where indifferent and ordinary souls were sent to live after death. ... In Greek mythology Erebus (Έρεβος Erebos, Deep blackness/darkness or shadow from Ancient Greek Έρεβος) was the son of a primordial God, Chaos, the personification of darkness and shadow, which filled in all the corners and crannies of the world. ... This article is about the Greek myth. ... Sisyphus (Greek Σίσυφος; transliteration: Sísuphos; IPA: ), in Greek mythology, was a sinner punished in the underworld by being set to roll a huge rock up a hill throughout eternity. ... Tantalos, by Goya In Greek mythology Tantalus (Greek Τάνταλος) was a son of Zeus[1] and the nymph Plouto (riches)[2] Thus he was a king in the primordial world, the father of a son Broteas whose very name signifies mortals (brotoi)[3] Other versions name his father as Tmolus wreathed... In Greek mythology, the Titans (Greek , plural ) were greater even than the gods. ... The bust of Zeus found at Otricoli (Sala Rotonda, Museo Pio-Clementino, Vatican) Greek mythology is the telling of stories created by the ancient Greeks, concerning their gods and heroes, the nature of the world and their own cult and ritual practices. ... Greek religion is the polytheistic religion practiced in ancient Greece in form of cult practices, thus the practical counterpart of Greek mythology. ... Greek mythology comprises the collected legends of Greek gods and goddesses and ancient heroes and heroines, originally created and spread within an oral-poetic tradition. ... Transliteration is the practice of transcribing a word or text written in one writing system into another writing system. ... The Statue of Zeus at Olympia Phidias created the 12-m (40-ft) tall statue of Zeus at Olympia about 435 BC. The statue was perhaps the most famous sculpture in Ancient Greece, imagined here in a 16th century engraving Zeus (in Greek: nominative: Zeús, genitive: Diós), is... This article is not about the daughter of Tityus and mother of Euphemus (by Poseidon), who was also named Europa. ... Front face of the MINOS far detector. ... In Greek mythology, Sarpedon referred to several different people. ... In Greek mythology, Asterion (ruler of the stars), called king of Crete, was the consort of Europa and stepfather of her sons by Zeus, who had to assume the form of the Cretan bull of the sun to accomplish his role: Minos the just king in Crete, Rhadamanthus, presiding over... Gortyn (Greek Γορτυς/Gortys, also Γορτύν/Gortun or Γόρτυνα/Gortuna) is a town in the Greek island of Crete, 45 km away from the capital Heraklion. ...


In Greek and Roman accounts

According to one account, Rhadamanthus ruled Crete before Minos, and gave the island an excellent code of laws, which the Spartans were believed to have copied. For the famous World War II battle, see: Battle of Crete For other uses, see Crete (disambiguation). ... This article needs cleanup. ...


Driven out of Crete by his brother, Minos, who was jealous of his popularity, he fled to Boeotia, where he wedded Alcmene. Homer represents him as dwelling in the Elysian Fields (Odyssey, iv. 564), the paradise for the immortal sons of Zeus. Boeotia or Beotia (//, (Greek Βοιωτια; see also list of traditional Greek place names) was the central area of ancient Greece. ... In Greek mythology Alcmene, or Alkmênê (might of the moon) was the mother of Heracles. ... Homer (Greek: , ) was an early Greek poet and aoidos (rhapsode) traditionally credited with the composition of the Iliad and the Odyssey. ... Elysian Fields may refer to: In mythology: Elysium, a section of the underworld from Greek mythology In geography: Elysian Fields, Hoboken, New Jersey, site of the first organized baseball game Elysian Fields Avenue, New Orleans Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Paris In the arts: Elysian Fields (band), an American Dream...


According to later legends (c. 400 BC), on account of his inflexible integrity he was made one of the judges of the dead in the lower world, together with Aeacus and Minos. He was supposed to judge the souls of Asians, Aeacus those of Europeans, while Minos had the casting vote (Plato, Gorgias, 424A). In Greek mythology, Aeacus (Greek: Aiakos, bewailing or earth borne) was king in the island of Aegina in the Saronic Gulf. ... Front face of the MINOS far detector. ... This article deals primarily or exclusively with the definition of Asian in English-speaking countries, mainly referring to immigrants or descendants of immigrants living therein. ... In Greek mythology, Aeacus (Greek: Aiakos, bewailing or earth borne) was king in the island of Aegina in the Saronic Gulf. ... World map showing Europe Political map Europe is one of the seven traditional continents of Earth; the term continent here referring to a cultural and political distinction, rather than a physiographic one, thus leading to various perspectives about Europes precise borders. ... A casting vote is a vote given to the presiding officer of a council or legislative body in order to resolve a deadlock. ... For other uses, see Plato (disambiguation). ... Gorgias is an important dialogue in which Plato sets the rhetorician, whose specialty is persuasion, in opposition to the philosopher, whose specialty is dissuasion, or refutation. ...


Virgil (69 - 18 BC) makes Rhadamanthus one of the judges and punishers of the damned in the Underworld (Tartarus) section of The Aeneid. "Rhadamanthine" has since come to describe any just but inflexible judgment. (The Aeneid, vi. 566) A bust of Virgil, from the entrance to his tomb in Naples, Italy. ... In classic Greek mythology, below Heaven, Earth, and Hades is Tartarus, or Tartaros (Greek Τάρταρος, deep place). ... The Aeneid is a Latin epic written by Vergil in the 1st century BC that tells the legendary story of Aeneas, a Trojan who traveled to Italy where he became the ancestor of the Romans. ...


In another version, Minos, Sarpedon and Rhadamanthus quarreled over a beautiful boy they were all in love with, by the name of Miletus, son of Apollo and Areia. The youth however preferred Sarpedon, so Minos in revenge went to war and conquered the whole island. Sarpedon and his beloved escaped to Lycia, where Miletus founded the city that bore his name. Other mythographers claimed that the beloved youth's name was Atymnios, and that he was the son of Zeus and Cassiopeia. (Apollodorus III.1.2) According to some accounts, Miletus was a boy loved by all three sons of Europa—Minos, Rhadamanthus and Sarpedon. ...


Bernard Sergent claims that the story is a late invention in that the theme of competition for a beloved youth is not in keeping with the Cretan pederastic tradition, and there is no record of this Miletus prior to the second century BCE.


Other uses

  • The Kuiper belt object 38083 Rhadamanthus is named after this figure.
  • Behrens, the head doctor of a Davos sanatorium in the novel Der Zauberberg by Thomas Mann, is nicknamed Rhadamantys.
  • A character in Dan Simmons' Hyperion Cantos is named after this figure in irony.
  • The manga Saint Seiya, has a character named Rhadamanthys, one of the Three Judges of Hades. This one wears the Surplice of Wyvern, Celestial Raging Star.
  • The dead Hopkirk is sent to recuperate at the afterlife resort of Rhadamanthus-on-Sea in Series 2 Episode 4 of the BBC remake Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased); in the hotel he is given a drink to make him forget.
  • In John C. Wright's The Golden Age and its sequels, there is a manorial house named Rhadamanthus.
  • In the video game Diablo II, the first mission of Act II requests the player to kill Radament, a tall creature that affects the player with poison and has the power to raise undead enemies, living in the sewers of the city.

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Rhadamanthus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (201 words)
Rhadamanthus (also transliterated as Rhadamanthys or Rhadamanthos) in Greek mythology was a son of Zeus and Europa and brother of Minos, king of Crete and Sarpedon.
According to one account Rhadamanthus ruled Crete before Minos, and gave the island an excellent code of laws, which the Spartans were believed to have copied.
Dante makes Rhadamanthus one of the judges of the damned in the Inferno section of Divine Comedy.
'' All I am offering is the truth. '' (510 words)
One of the largest hovercrafts within the reforming fleet of Zion, the Rhadamanthus, or more commonly referred to as the "Manthus", has become one of the main salvaging vessles in the efforts to rebuild and expand.
Once the treaty had been solidified, the Rhadamanthus was subtly reconfigured during it's first few years in a post war atmosphere, along with others, from the remaining resources Zion had to offer.
Currently, the Rhadamanthus' traveling routes are unknown, as the ship itself does not follow a specific pattern through the earth's tunnels.
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