Homer presents a world-view in which death represents the end of consciousness and total annihilation of personhood. Yet in Odyssey, Book Four, he contradicts this by saying that one man at least will not die, but will be transported to Elysium, where he will have a blessed existence forever. In Mummy Wheat R. Drew Griffith argues that this shocking violation of Homer's normal world-view comes from Egypt, where more than anywhere else in the ancient world people firmly believed in life after death.
R. Drew Griffith is Professor of Classics at Queen's University at Kingston, Canada.
Chapter 1 Brought Forth from the Land of Egypt Chapter 2 Rowing to Elysium: Menelaus' Afterlife and Egyptian Religion Chapter 3 The Voice of the Dead In the Odyssey and Egyptian Funerary Texts Chapter 4 The Origin of Memnon Chapter 5 Local Colour: The Egyptian Basis for some Homeric Descriptions Chapter 6 Mechanism of Contact Chapter 7 The Egyptian Background to the Eleusinian Mysteries Chapter 8 Near Death Experience and the Eleusinian Mysteries: Resuscitation as Psychotherapy Chapter 9 Afterward