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From Alkestis to Archidike: Thessalian Attitudes to Death and the Afterlife

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The aim of this chapter is to offer a regional perspective on the issue of Underworld journeys in Antiquity by tracing Thessalian attitudes to Hades from the Classical to the Hellenistic period. What do we know of the beliefs regarding the Underworld in Thessaly, a land where one of the most famous and successful katabaseis occurred? Our starting point will be the most famous Thessalian ‘round trip’ to Hades, that of Alkestis, portrayed through Athenian eyes in Euripides’ tragedy and Plato. T...

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10.1163/9789004375963_007

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Classics Faculty
Sub department:
Ancient History & Classical Arch
Oxford college:
Lincoln College
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ORCID:
0000-0003-4229-9189

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Brill
Host title:
Round Trip to Hades in the Eastern Mediterranean Tradition: Visits to the Underworld from Antiquity to Byzantium
Series:
Cultural Interactions in the Mediterranean
Publication date:
2018-08-13
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ISSN:
2405-4771
ISBN:
9789004375963
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uuid:6cf310b3-6b49-4966-9fef-2ca6f2d9bafd
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pubs:835704
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835704
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2018-04-15

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