Caronte is an ambiguous word that can refer to different things depending on the area of knowledge in which it is expressed.
The word Caronte is used in mythology to refer to a being that “transported” souls in Hades, in history it is the name of a historian, in astronomy one of the stars of Pluto and in cinematography to a Spanish series.
The origin of the term Caronte is not very clear. Mainly, it comes from the Latin Charonte and the Greek charon or charonos . The literal meaning of these words does not have unanimous acceptance.
Some think that Caronte means “bright”, others relate it to the Greek verb chairo that means “to rejoice”, while others allude that the term is older and could be related to the Greek Acheron that designates one of the rivers of Hades .
Caronte, the ferryman of Hades
In Greek mythology Caronte or charon is the name given to the ferryman from Hades. This mythological character transported souls in exchange for an obol, an ancient Greek coin, or the living for a branch of gold that was difficult to obtain.
It has been thought that Charon transported his boat on the River Styx. However, the origin of its name relates it more to the Acheron River and is thus portrayed in different writings and works, such as the writings of Pausanias and Dante.
Caronte, a satellite of Pluto
In astronomy Caronte is the name for the largest satellite of the dwarf planet Pluto. This celestial body was discovered by the United States astronomer James W. Christy in 1978.
James, onomaturge des satellite Charon, assigned this name by association with the non-name of his wife, Charlene, and the endings of the particles of atoms. Years later, it was discovered that it matched the name of the mythological being and for this reason, the last two satellites discovered on Pluto were named Cerberus and Styx.
Caronte, a Spanish series
Caronte is also the name given to a Spanish crime series released on March 6, 2020 on Amazon Prime streaming . The series was created by Verónica Fernández and its main protagonist is Roberto Álamo.
It is clear that the series adopts the name of Charon from Greek mythology, since some of its 13 episodes refer in their names to things associated with the mythological character and its context.