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Ancient Greek poems reveal grim view of death

According to a 2003 survey conducted by the Barna Group, 81 percent of Americans believe in an afterlife. An additional 9 percent are open to the idea, but aren’t sure. Only 10 percent actually doubt that there is life after death. Even more interesting, 76 percent believe there’s a heaven, and 64 percent think that’s where they’ll end up.

Judging by the poems in “Pure Pagan,” had such a survey been taken in ancient Greece, the results would have been rather different. The ancient Greeks may have believed in some sort of survival after death, but they didn’t think it amounted to much of a life. And it sure wasn’t something they looked forward to. Here’s “Message to the Living,” by the always-interesting Anonymous:

Read the original article at: Washington Classical

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