Elysian Fields

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In Greek and Roman mythology, the Elysian Fields (or Elysium) was the part of the underworld where particularly virtuous or noble people went when they died. It was a peaceful, pleasant place, in stark contrast to the eternal torment of Tartarus.[1]

Elysium might be considered the equivalent of Heaven, although in Dante's Divine Comedy it makes an appearance as Limbo - in Dante's conception, the Greeks saw Elysium as the perfect afterlife only because they were unaware of the superior delights of Heaven which are allowed those with Christian faith.


  1. http://www.dl.ket.org/latin1/mythology/1deities/underworld/elysian.htm