Essay The Underworld, Logos, and the Poetic Imagination
The Underworld, Logos, and the Poetic Imagination
In the Odyssey of Homer, Odysseus travels to the underworld and meets the soul of Achilles, who bitterly comments on existence after death:
O shining Odysseus, never try to console me for dying.
I would rather follow the plow as thrall to another
man, one with no land allotted him and not much to live on,
than be a king over all the perished dead.
The ancient Greek interpretation of death, as expressed by Homer, portrays the