Charon

Definition

Charon is a figure from Greek mythology where he is the boatman who ferries the souls of the dead across the waters of Hades to the judgement which will determine their final resting place. The Greeks believed the dead needed a coin to pay Charon for his service and so one was placed in the mouth of the deceased.

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Timeline

  • c. 500 BCE
    First known appearance of Charon on Greek pottery.
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