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In Greek mythology, Elysion (Greek: Ἠλύσια πεδία) was a section of the Underworld. The Elysian Fields, or the Elysian Plains, were the final resting place of the souls of the heroic and the virtuous. Essesntially meaning 'paradise.' One would have to cross the River Styx in order to enter The Elysian Fields.

In the Renaissance, the heroic population of the Elysian Fields tended to outshine its formerly dreary pagan reputation; the Elysian Fields borrowed some of the bright allure of paradise. In Paris, the Champs-Élysées retain their name of the Elysian Fields, first applied in the late 16th century to a formerly rural outlier beyond the formal parterre gardens behind the royal French palace of the Tuileries.

The New Orleans neighborhood of Elysian Fields in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire is the declassé purgatory where Blanche Dubois lives with Stanley and Stella Kowalski.

Elysium is referenced in the Schiller poem which inspired Beethoven's Ode to Joy.
― Anonymous User  9/10/2009

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