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Pluto

Pluto, in Greek religion and mythology, god of the underworld, son of Kronos and Rhea also called Hades. After the fall of the Titans , Pluto and his brothers Zeus and Poseidon divided the universe, and Pluto was awarded everything underground. There, with Persephone as his queen, he ruled over Hades. Not only a god of the dead, he is identified as a god of the earth's fertility. The Romans derived their god of the dead—Orcus, Dis, or Dis Pater—from Pluto.

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