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Introduction

Judith Fletcher

in Myths of the Underworld in Contemporary Culture: The Backward Gaze

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
June 2019
ISBN:
9780198767091
eISBN:
9780191821288
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198767091.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The Introduction situates the myth of the descent to the underworld (catabasis) in a broad historical context beginning with Ancient Near East traditions, including the Sumerian poem preserved in ... More


Myths of the Underworld in Contemporary Culture: The Backward Gaze

Judith Fletcher

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
June 2019
ISBN:
9780198767091
eISBN:
9780191821288
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198767091.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Stories of a visit to the realm of the dead and a return to the upper world are among the oldest narratives in European literature, beginning with Homer’s Odyssey and extending to contemporary ... More


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