By Emily Vermeule
The traditional Greeks committed a good portion in their poetic and inventive strength to exploring issues of dying. Vermeule examines the proof and fictions of Greek loss of life, together with burial and mourning, visions of the underworld, souls and ghosts, the price of heroic loss of life in conflict, the hunt for immortality, the associated powers of loss of life, sleep, and love, and extra.
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1orc recent dead can bring news to those who long for it, like the suitors in the Odyss9; the older dead can greet those just painfully artivt:d, like lphige ne ia kissing her murdered father at the quick-whirling ferry-crossing of Achcron. 14 The experienced dead who had a lready weatltel'ed the shock of disernbodiment a nd dislocation could give practical ad vice on how to a djust.
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R\'i thin a tbousand·ycar--old tradition, Horner made his own shapes, which directed popular belief for a very long time afcer. lief" when they were in the mood. Homer's first concern was stagecraft: and a kind of magic show, which demanded that the actors wear their own bodies and exhibit a certain liveliness of mind. A magic show needs at least d im light. ,s). Scholars and parodists both complained about the mixed results. k when there is no light in Hades? " The answer: "the parts of it turned toward the day gleamed pale.
Aspects of Death in Early Greek Art and Poetry by Emily Vermeule