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Mapping the Afterlife: From Homer to Dante

Emma Gee


This book is a tour of afterlife landscapes from Homer to Dante. It argues that the topography of the afterlife in Greek and Roman tradition, and in Dante, reflects the state of “scientific” knowledge at the time of the various contexts in which we find it, and the landscape of the Other World is a way of exploring and assimilating the shape of this world. This book posits that there is a dominant spatial idiom in afterlife landscapes, which the author calls the “journey-vision paradigm.” By this she means the presence of two kinds of space in afterlife representations—the horizontal journey o ... More

Keywords: life after death, afterlife, the Classical afterlife, afterlife in Greece, afterlife in Rome, Classical ideas of space, ancient science, Dante

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190670481
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190670481.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emma Gee, author
Independent scholar