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This is a 9 page paper discussing the Ancient Greeks’ attitude to death and the rituals and beliefs which surrounded death. Death among the Ancient Greeks was treated as honourable as described by Homer and its prevalence in their society became a daily way of life. Men died in battle and from disease and whether or not the belief was for a good or evil life which followed, detailed rituals were adhered to in order to preserve the soul of the person in the afterlife until that person was reborn again.
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never diminished the glory of the death of the warriors who fought them although some may have been afraid of death, they continued on. Socrates, on the other hand believed
that fear of death was unreasonable as it was not known whether or not death would be followed by evil or good and if it led to good, then it
would be unreasonable to fear it. Men died in battle and from disease but whether or not the belief was for a good or evil life which followed, detailed rituals
were adhered to in order to preserve the soul of the person in the afterlife until that person was reborn again. According to the Ancient Greeks and as well
described by Homer, when an individual died his vital breath or psyche left the body and travelled to the world of Hades, the kingdom of the dead. The psyche was
considered a phantom or smoky image once it had left the body and although people could perceive this image, they were unable to touch it. The living and the dead
were separated from an impenetrable wall and rewards or punishment for the good or evil in life did not play a role in what the Ancient Greek believed happened after
death (Religion and Death). According to Greek philosophy, the god Hermes led the soul of the person to the river Styx which separated the living world from the Underworld,
or the world of the dead which was called Hades after the god of the Underworld. The soul of the person was taken across the river by Charon, the ferryman.
The trip on the ferry cost one Greek coin which was placed on the bodies of the dead so they would be able to pay for their journey across (Heading