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Elysian Fields  (i-LEE-zhun or ee-LEE-zhun)

Paradise of the heroes, either in the Underworld or in the far West. Here the likes of Achilles lived on in splendid company, in pleasant surroundings, in heroic pursuits of the hunt and banquet. By virtue of his spectacularly heroic achievements, Heracles was given a home on Mount Olympus and a goddess for a wife. But part of him had come not from his father Zeus but from his mortal mother Alcmene, and that part was sent to the Underworld. As a phantasm it eternally roams the Elysian Fields in the company of other heroes.
The hero Perseus qualified for an afterlife in the Elyssian Fields. (zoom)