Stygio Words: stygiophobia to Styx
stygeo-, styge-, stygio, stygi-, stygo-, styg- (Greek > Latin: hate, hating, hated, hateful; abhor, abhorrence; loathsome, loathing).
Literally, the horrible. Related to chill, frost; hate, hatred; abhorrence; originally, to shudder with cold; by extension, hell or hades.
An abnormal fear of hell; also, hadephobia.
In biology, that which lives or thrives in caves or subterranean passages.
In biology, thriving in caves or subterranean passages.
In biology, found only occasionally in caves or subterranean passages.
1. Of or characteristic of the river Styx and the infernal regions.
2. Pertaining to the river Styx, or, in a wider sense, to the infernal regions of classical mythology.
3. Infernal or hellish; dark or gloomy; inviolable.
4. Completely binding, as an oath sworn by the river Styx, which the gods themselves feared to break.
5. Very dark, as a Stygian crypt.
Literally, the Hateful. In Greek mythology, the river encircling Hades over which Charon ferried the souls of the dead to the underworld.
According to Homer, the underworld is vague, a shadowy place inhabited by shades. The existence of ghosts, if it can be called that, was like a miserable dream. The later poets defined the world of the dead more and more clearly as the place where the wicked were punished and the good rewarded.
The Roman poet Virgil presented in great detail the torments of the one class and the joys of the other. Virgil is said to be the only poet who gave a clear geography of the underworld. The path down to it led to Acheron, the river of woe, which poured into Cocytus, the river of lamentation. An aged boatman named Charon ferried the souls of the dead across the water to the farther bank, where the adamantine gate to Tartarus stood.
Charon would receive into his boat only the souls of those upon whose lips the ferry-passage money (a small coin known as the obol) was placed when they died and who had received the rites of burial All the others were driven back by the ferrymans long oar. These were obliged to wait one hundered years before they might at last hope to enter Charons boat.
On guard before the entrance to Hades sat Cerberus, the three-headed, dragon-tailed dog, whose neck bristled with serpents and whose dreadful baying terrified all who apporached. Cerberus was put there by Pluto to see that no shade escaped to return to the upper world after he/she once entered the realms of the dead.
Three other rivers, besides Acheron and Cocytus,