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Elysian fields

(ĭlĭzh`ən) or


(ĭlĭzh`ēəm), in Greek religion and mythology, happy otherworld for heroes favored by the gods. Identified with the Fortunate IslesFortunate Isles
or Isles of the Blest,
in classical and Celtic legend, islands in the Western Ocean. There the souls of favored mortals were received by the gods and lived happily in a paradise.
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 or Isles of the Blest, Elysium was situated in the distant west, at the edge of the world. In later tradition and in Vergil, Elysium is a part of the underworld and a pleasant abode for the righteous dead.
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Elysian Fields

home of the blessed after death. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 88]
See: Heaven
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'The Elysian Fields' collection and exhibition will be on display through November 17, 2013.
347 BC), a native of Tarentum (the modern Taranto), a town on the coast of Calabria, then in Magna Graecia, was a mathematician, geometrician and astronomer, and 'the author of several ingenious mechanical inventions.' (11) He lived in, and just after, the reign of Philip II of Macedon and is believed to have lost his life in a shipwreck* Duncombe tells us that 'by the ancient mythology, the souls of all, deprived of funeral rites, were obliged to wander a hundred years on the banks of the river, before they could be ferried over, and gain the Elysian Fields'.
A short distance away, "for the young at heart and the seekers, there is a big little city, Elysee City," which is reminiscent of the Elysian Fields, a paradise in the afterlife in Greek mythology.
For a playground we chose the Elysian fields of Hoboken, just across the Hudson river.
The point is that we do not have eternal life as pagan "shades" in the elysian fields; we live as persons, which is to say, bodies and souls.
Of great interest and value too is the supplement entitled "Utopian Prototypes, Developments, and Variations." Collected here are excerpts from works describing the Elysian Fields, the Isles of the Blessed, and the distant habitats of the Hyperboreans, the Ethiopians, and the Amazons.
Aside from the set ballets--the opening, the Dances of the Furies, the Dance of the Blessed Spirits in the Elysian Fields, and the joyous finale ("Trionfi Amore!")--there were long stretches when the leading characters were alone onstage, with no dancers in sight.
Its elements were taken from a description by Flavio Biondo: "Let us say a few words about the Elysian Fields. In this place one sees and hears nothing but songs and dances.
For his recent show "Der Letzte Spaziergang Dutch die Elysischen Felder" (The last walk through the elysian fields) 36-year-old Russian artist Vadim Zakharov transformed Cologne's Kunstverein into an indoor park.
If such an edition does emerge it would be desirable for editorial titles to be more clearly distinguished from Shelley's titles: uninformed readers of the present edition might well assume that 'On Christianity' or 'The Elysian Fields' were authorial titles.
Three years later the club found a permanent home at the Elysian Fields in Hoboken, N.J., and adopted a set of rules.
" Her flowing hair, " says the knight, " is of gold, her forehead the Elysian fields, her eyebrows two celestial arches, her eyes a pair of glorious suns, her cheeks two beds of roses, her lips two coral portals that guard her teeth of Oriental pearl, her neck is alabaster, her hands are polished ivory, and her bosom whiter than the new - fallen snow.