The Acheron, river of woe, is the first river reached by the dead on their final journey. Countless souls are whisked across the black depths by Charon, ferryman of Hades. Each soul pays but one coin to cross yet Charonís wealth must equal that of Midas himself.
"In ten thousand streams it gushes with tears and pains. . . the Acheron carries pains for mortals. Licymnius, Fragment 770 (from Porphyry, On the Styx) (trans. Campbell)
"A rock funereal overhangs the slothful shoals of the Acheron, where the waves are sluggish and the dull mere is numbed. This stream Charon tends, clad in foul garb an to the sight abhorrent, and ferries over the quaking shades..." Seneca, Hercules Furens 762 ff
"But sail upon the wind of lamentation, my friends, and about your head row with your hands' rapid stroke in conveyance of the dead, that stroke which always causes the sacred slack-sailed, black-clothed ship to pass over Acheron to the unseen land where Apollo does not walk, the sunless land that receives all men." Aeschylus, Seven Against Thebes 854
Charon, the resolute ferryman of Hell. Souls who do not pay his price must wander the Acheron shore for a century. His oars make little sound as they tirelessly cut through the chill waters.
"The ferryman of ghosts, Charon at his oar." Euripides, Alcestis 361
"Sluggish stands the Acheron with black abyss, and, when Thanatos, pale-visaged with greedy teeth, has brought countless tribes to the world of shades, one ferryman transports those many peoples." Seneca, Hercules Furens 554 ff (trans. Miller)
I was thinking while gazing apon the dim buildings atop the head of Charon, "This is a very grim creation for such a colorful toy!". I do like the speech at the bottom. I am always very intrigued by paragraphs of Mythology and other types of things like that. Very excellent job on the Charon and the detail of the head and teeth. If I built something like that it would be the end of the world as we know it. I'm not that good, and I don't have alot of legos of the same color. Great job! I viewed Tyler Halliwell's contributions to this series as well, and I was rather impressed. You both keep at it!