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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Definitions for Elysium

  1. any place or state of perfect happiness; paradise.
  2. Also called Elysian Fields. Classical Mythology. the abode of the blessed after death.
  3. any similarly conceived abode or state of the dead.

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Citations for Elysium
And, oh! if there is an Elysium on earth, / It is this, it is this. Thomas Moore, "Elysium on Earth," Lalla Rookh, 1817
Her brilliant drawing-room, with Dobbs Broughton for a companion, was not an elysium. Anthony Trollope, The Last Chronicle of Barset, 1867
Origin of Elysium
1590-1600
Elysium is the Latin rendering of the Greek adjective Ēlýsion. Everything about Elysium (or the Elysian Fields) is obscure: there is no reliable etymology for the Greek adjective Ēlýsion “Elysian” (though pedíon “field, plain” is clear). The location of Elysium is just as unreliable. In the Odyssey (bk 4. 560 ff.) Homer places Elysium on the western edge of the earth, by the vast stream Oceanus—an imaginary place—where there is no wind or rain or storms, where the just Rhadamanthys (another name with no reliable etymology) is a judge of the Underworld and rules over demigods and heroes, who live a carefree, happy afterlife. Elysium entered English in the late 16th century.