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Through the course of eight lectures, Franz Cumont gives a thorough investigation of the afterlife in Roman pagan thought. He covers topics such as the afterlife, celestial immortality, untimely death, the sufferings of hell and metempsychosis, the felicity of the blessed, the journey to the beyond, and more.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 1-931956-37-5
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Dec 30,2002
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 244
ISBN: 1-931956-37-5
$88.00
Writing in 1921, a few years after World War I, the author begins this series of eight lectures with the following words: "The idea of death has perhaps never been more present to humanity than during the years through which we have just passed. It has been the daily companion of millions of men engaged in a murderous conflict; it has haunted the even larger number who have trembled for the lives of their nearest and dearest; it is still constantly in the thoughts of the many who nurse regret for those they loved. And doubtless to say, the faith or the hope has never more imposed itself, even on the unbelieving, that these countless multitudes, filled with moral force and generous passion who have entered eternity, have not wholly perished, that the ardour which animated them was not extinguished when their limbs grew cold, that the spirit which impelled them to self-sacrifice was not dissipated with the atoms which formed their bodies." In the aftermath of September 11, these same words can be echoed again.
Writing in 1921, a few years after World War I, the author begins this series of eight lectures with the following words: "The idea of death has perhaps never been more present to humanity than during the years through which we have just passed. It has been the daily companion of millions of men engaged in a murderous conflict; it has haunted the even larger number who have trembled for the lives of their nearest and dearest; it is still constantly in the thoughts of the many who nurse regret for those they loved. And doubtless to say, the faith or the hope has never more imposed itself, even on the unbelieving, that these countless multitudes, filled with moral force and generous passion who have entered eternity, have not wholly perished, that the ardour which animated them was not extinguished when their limbs grew cold, that the spirit which impelled them to self-sacrifice was not dissipated with the atoms which formed their bodies." In the aftermath of September 11, these same words can be echoed again.
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Franz Cumont

  • Preface
  • After Life in the Tomb
  • The Nether World
  • Celestial Immortality
  • The Winning of Immortality
  • Untimely Death
  • The Journey to the Beyond
  • The Sufferings of Hell and Metempsychosis
  • The Felicity of the Blessed