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A GLOSSARY OF TERMS:
NAMES & PLACES FROM SOLSTICE

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GLOBAL WARMING
—the increase in the average temperature of Earth's near-surface air and oceans since the mid-20th century and its projected continuation

GLOBAL HEATING CRISIS (GHC)
—the official name of the Global Warming disaster in the world of Solstice

UNDERWORLD
—a region in Greek mythology under the surface of the earth where the souls of the recently departed go; identified with Hell

GREEK GODS:
  • HADES—god of the Underworld
  • ARES—god of war
  • ZEUS—king of the gods
  • PERSEPHONE—queen of the Underworld
  • DEMETER—goddess of the harvest
  • APHRODITE—goddess of love and beauty
  • THANATOS—personification of death
  • FATES—three personifications of destiny
  • APATE—personification of deceit

PEOPLE AND CREATURES WHO LIVE IN THE UNDERWORLD:
  • CHARON—ferryman; shuttles souls of the newly deceased across the rivers Styx and Acheron
  • CERBERUS—three-headed dog; guards the gates of the Underworld
  • MINOS—ancient Cretan king; oversees the Asphodel Meadows in the Underworld
  • AEACUS—ancient Aeginian king; oversees Tartarus in the Underworld
  • RHADAMANTHUS—ancient Cretan king; oversees the Elysian Fields in the Underworld
  • SISYPHUS—a king sentenced to Tartarus; made to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, and to repeat this throughout eternity
  • PIRITHOUS—a king sentenced to Tartarus for attempting to steal the wife of Hades
  • TANTALUS—a king sentenced to Tartarus; never allowed food or drink but always having it just out of reach

UNDERWORLD PLACES:
  • ELYSIAN FIELDS (ELYSIUM)—the final resting place of the heroic and the virtuous
  • ASPHODEL MEADOWS—a section of the Underworld where indifferent and ordinary souls are sent to live after death
  • TARTARUS—a place in the Underworld for those souls judged to receive eternal punishment

UNDERWORLD RIVERS:
  • ACHERON—sorrow; the newly dead are ferried across Acheron to enter the Underworld
  • COCYTUS—lamentation; boundary between the Elysian Fields and the rest of the Underworld
  • LETHE—oblivion; boundary between the Asphodel Meadows and the rest of the Underworld
  • STYX—hate; boundary between Earth and the Underworld
  • PHLEGETHON—fire; boundary between Tartarus and the rest of the Underworld

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