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Odysseus in the Underworld (85)

Jar (pelike) with Odysseus and Elpenor in the Underworld, MFA Boston
Jar (pelike) with Odysseus and Elpenor in the Underworld, MFA Boston

A very brief excerpt from my lecture “Things That Go Bump: A Visual Survey of Witches, Demons, and Ghosts!” Odysseus Journeys to the Underworld and holds a seance with the souls of Hades through necromantic blood magic so the countless shades of the dead and the gone would surge around him.

Featured Work of Art:

Jar (pelike) with Odysseus and Elpenor in the Underworld
Greece, Athens, Classical, about 440 BC
The Lykaon Painter
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (34.79)

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