Elysium (Myths and Legends of the World)
In Greek and Roman mythology, Elysium was the place of rest for the dead who were blessed by the gods. It was also known as the Elysian Fields or the Elysian Plain. Originally only heroes whom the gods had made went to Elysium. Eventually, it became the destination of anyone who had lived a righteous life.
Writers disagree about the location of Elysium. The Greek poet Homer(ca. 700s B.C.) Greek poet thought to be the author of the great epics the Iliad and the Odyssey said it was located at the ends of the earth by the banks of the Oceanus River. and Pindar(ca. 522-438 B.C.) Greek poet claimed Elysium was in the Isles of the Blessed, which were to be found in the Western Ocean. Later Greek and Roman mythology placed Elysium in the In Virgil's Aeneidepic by the Roman poet Virgil about the legendary hero Aeneas and the founding of Rome, the hero sees his father in the Elysian Fields. The major street in Paris known as the Champs Elysées takes its name from this mythical place.
See also AFTERLIFE.
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