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Greek Afterlife Who knows if to live is to be dead and to be dead is to live And we really it may be are dead In fact I once heard Sages say that we are now dead and our body is our tomb Socrates Plato Gorgias 492e Everyone agrees that one day all man will die however after that opinions vary greatly Is there an afterlife If so what is it like The ancient Greeks had very specific views about the afterlife such as traveling to the Elysium Fields or unfortunately going to Tartarus The ancient Greeks believed that to the underworld there are three parts The Elysium Fields the Asphodel Meadows and Tartarus After death the Greeks believed that the souls must leave the body and travel to Styx the river one must cross to enter the realm of the dead The souls on their way to the underworld must carry a coin under their tongue as a tribute to pay the boatman who helps the cross the river After crossing the river one is judged by Rhadanthus Minos and Aecus the three judges who determine where one is to spend eternity Glugeth 2 Once the judgment has occurred three options are open One is a trip to the Elysium field This is comparable to heaven People who have lived good lives or heroes travel here Elysium is a happy place There are grassy fields yellow sands and many people here dance sing and chant poems Reincarnation also occurs in Elysium but only after drinking from Lethes stream where all memory becomes erased Then many return back to earth Next is the Asphodel Meadows This is similar to limbo It is neither good nor bad There is always enough to eat and drink Fortunate ones may even find there loved ones here For the most part it is bleak and unpleasant here Many are in a confused and oblivious state
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