Hades

Episode 6, "Hades," takes place as Proteus does from 11 AM to noon. (Here, the Gilbert schema is clearly preferable to the Linati.) Bloom gets into a funeral carriage with three other men in the near southeastern suburb of Sandymount, rides through the city center to the near northwestern suburb of Glasnevin, enters Prospect Cemetery, and attends the Catholic rites for Paddy Dignam, a man he knew only slightly. His fixation on death and disintegration in this chapter recalls Stephen's similar thoughts in Proteus, as does his distinctly non-Christian slant on the subject. Allusions to ancient epic accounts of the underworld are woven throughout, echoing Bloom's pagan thoughts.

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Photograph of the Glasnevin cemetery taken by William Murphy in 2009. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Johannes Stradanus, Ulysses at the Entrance of Hades, the Underworld, brown ink drawing with blue and white wash ca. 1600-05, held in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. Source: humx.org.

Crossing the Styx, 1861 illustration of Dante's Inferno by Gustave Doré. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

The Rape of Proserpina, 1622 marble sculpture by Gian Lorenzo Bernini held in the Galleria Borghese, Rome. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Detail of Sisyphus on a huge terracotta Greek krater made in Apulia ca. 350 BC, held in the National Archaeological Museum of Naples. Source: blogs.getty.edu.

Tantalus, 17th century oil on canvas painting by a Dutch follower of Caravaggio. Source: pixels.com.

William Blake's pen and watercolor depiction of the Cerberus described in the third circle of Dante's Inferno, held in the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Source: Wikimedia Commons.