According to Homer, the Elysian Fields were located on the western border of the Earth near the Okeanos stream. Elysium was known as the "Fortunate Isles" or the "Isles (or Islands) of the Blessed" during the time of the Greek poet Hesiod, and was located in the western ocean at the end of the world. He described it as a beautiful, lush island with sweet smelling flowers that never fade even when cut open.
In modern interpretation, the Island of Elysium is usually defined as a place where people who have died young are rewarded with eternal life. The concept of an afterlife has been ingrained in many cultures throughout history, resulting in many belief systems incorporating some form of paradise after death. However, not all ancient philosophers agreed on this concept; some believed that once you die your body would eventually decay and be destroyed.
Elysium itself is a mythological place, often depicted as a beautiful country or specific location. It can also be referred to as the "Happy Home". The word comes from the Greek Ἠλύσιον (Elyúsion), meaning "abundant in crops", which refers to the supposed source of the island's fertility. The name may also come from the Phoenician word for "west", which is "Elusiya".
People think that Elysium is a real place because they believe that there must be something great about it if so many people want to travel there.
They've arrived on the island of Aeolia, home of Aeolus, the wind god. Aeolus was nice to Odysseus and encouraged him to tell him stories about Troy and his journey home. Odysseus told so many stories, and Aeolus and his children had such much fun listening to them, that Odysseus stayed on that island for a month! When he finally decided to leave, Aeolus warned him that if there were winds from any other direction, they would blow him back to Troy.
Odysseus left Aeolia but soon found himself in the middle of another storm. This time it was the sea god Poseidon who wanted to throw him into Tartarus. Only Athena helped him out this time. She made him a helmet with the god Aegis attached to it. With this helmet he was able to beat back both Poseidon and the sea and make it back to Ithaca in the end.
In some versions of the story, Odysseus does not reach safety until his eleventh year on the island. Even so, this is one heroic journey for sure!
Here's how one version of the story ends: "Odysseus returned home after eleven years. He was very old and gray but still strong enough to eat an ox and drink ten barrels of wine in one day without getting drunk. His wife, Penelope, had many suitors trying to win her hand in marriage but she always refused their advances because of her love for her husband.
The island of Ithaca But despite the fantastical details in the Greek epic, a team of archaeologists has claimed the tale is anchored in truth-and that they have discovered his home on the island of Ithaca, in the Ionian sea off the north-west coast of Greece. The site was identified by scanning the landscape with radar equipment developed for military purposes.
Odysseus left his home in northern Italy and after a long journey arrived in southern France. He then crossed the Alps into northern Greece, where he encountered the Ciconian settlers who told him about Ithaca. Odysseus made his way across Europe to reach this remote island, which at the time was covered in forest.
On Ithaca, Odysseus ruled over the olive groves with his friend Penelope. They had two children during their lifetime on Ithaca - Telemachus, who became king when his father died, and Antinous, who became one of Odysseus' servants. When Odysseus went to war against Troy, he didn't come back home but instead stayed in Egypt for seven years. While he was away from Ithaca, Penelope married another man but she still loved her husband so she waited for him until her death. After hearing this news, Odysseus returned home but he was too late - she had been dead for several years already.