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Legendary Journeys
Asphodel Caverns
First Appearance HTLJ "The Other Side"
Location Underworld

The Asphodel Caverns was one of the three parts of the Underworld. It was an area designated for the souls of those who lived balanced lives of good and evil. When Hercules visited the Underworld to bring Persephone back to Demeter, Hades mentioned the Asphodel Caverns as part of his responsibilities. (HTLJ: "The Other Side")


Background information[]

  • Although never identified on screen, the Asphodel caverns may have been seen in some Underworld-centric episodes where the caverns were not explicitly identified as Tartarus.
  • In Greek mythology, the Asphodel Meadows were one of the three major regions of the Underworld under Hades's rule, along with the Elysian Fields and Tartarus. However, there has been consistent confusion about the nature of the Meadows for centuries. Homer portrays them as a generic shadow-filled underworld, where the dead are reduced to shades and flit around unless animated by blood sacrifices, and where even heroes are consigned to after death. Later philosophers interpreted it as an utterly neutral place, where the souls of those who lived neither good nor evil lives went after death. "Asphodel" is actually the name of the flowers said to grow there (Asphodelus albus, also found in the living world and associated with death).
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