ACADEMIC AMERICAN ENCYCLOPEDIA PLUTO (MYTHOLOGY) {ploo'-toh} In Greek mythology, Pluto, or Pluton (also known as HADES), was a god both of death and of fertility or abundance. The name Pluto means "rich one," and the Romans derived Dis (from dives, "rich"), their god of the dead, from Pluto. Pluto helped his brothers ZEUS and POSEIDON depose their father, CRONUS, as the ruler of the universe, which they then divided among themselves. Pluto's realm, the house of Hades, is usually located beneath the earth, though sometimes in the west. 
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