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Introduction

Emma Gee

in Mapping the Afterlife: From Homer to Dante

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780190670481
eISBN:
9780190670511
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190670481.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

This book does not interpret the afterlife as a religious phenomenon but rather as a psychological one. At the fundamental level the afterlife is about the nature of the human entity and its ... More


Conclusion

Emma Gee

in Mapping the Afterlife: From Homer to Dante

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780190670481
eISBN:
9780190670511
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190670481.003.0013
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

What we call the afterlife is the desire in the present, unachievable and so projected into the future, for a joining of faculties, the dissolution of the divide between us and the universe, the ... More


The Splitting of Herakles

Emma Gee

in Mapping the Afterlife: From Homer to Dante

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780190670481
eISBN:
9780190670511
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190670481.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

The Herakles passage in Homer’s Odyssey 11.601–4 has been seen as problematic because it is not one thing: the vision it gives of Herakles’ place in the afterlife is double—his eidōlon (“image”) and ... More


The Lyre and the Cloak: The Cosmology of Soul in Plato’s Phaedo

Emma Gee

in Mapping the Afterlife: From Homer to Dante

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780190670481
eISBN:
9780190670511
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190670481.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

This chapter studies Plato’s Phaedo. In the Phaedo, the afterlife journey and the synoptic vision of the universe are collapsed into one another. In the myth of the dialogue, we are all, all the ... More


A Sprinkling of Science

Emma Gee

in Mapping the Afterlife: From Homer to Dante

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780190670481
eISBN:
9780190670511
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190670481.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

This chapter examines how the journey-revelation paradigm we discern in afterlife texts manifests itself in Plato’s Phaedrus. The author argues for points of contact between the Phaedrus and the ... More


Intermezzo: Cycles

Emma Gee

in Mapping the Afterlife: From Homer to Dante

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780190670481
eISBN:
9780190670511
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190670481.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

Knowledge of the nature of the universe is a prerequisite in afterlife accounts. It is necessary because the soul’s ultimate aim is identification with the universe, the phenomenon the author calls ... More


Interplanetary Harmonies

Emma Gee

in Mapping the Afterlife: From Homer to Dante

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780190670481
eISBN:
9780190670511
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190670481.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

This chapter studies the first of three of Plato’s afterlife myths treated in this book, namely the Spindle of Necessity from the Myth of Er in the Republic. The Spindle is a representation of the ... More


The Dark Side of the Moon

Emma Gee

in Mapping the Afterlife: From Homer to Dante

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780190670481
eISBN:
9780190670511
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190670481.003.0011
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

This chapter brings us from Plato to a second-century CE reception of his dialogues, in the work of Plutarch. It concentrates on one dialogue of Plutarch, the De facie in orbe lunae (On the Face in ... More


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