"Who will be my guide?/For Hades no one ever yet has reached by ship" (10.5012)
"Raise your mast, set your white sail, /and sit; the North Wind's breath will take you there" (10.5067).
"Dissociate yourself from what is happening; do not let yourself flow away to the dead along with the sheep's blood. Keep your grip on life.''
Odysseus is told to go to Hades by Circe in Book 10 of the Odyssey. The instructions he receives show clearly that this journey will not involve a descent to the underworld, but rather a crossing of the cosmic river Ocean; Hades lies on the other side. This is confirmed in the Iliad when Patroclus tells Achilles that because he is not buried he is prevented from crossing the river and entering Hades (Il. 23.73)
“Blessed is the one of all the people on the earthwho has seen these mysteries.But whoever is not initiated into the rites,whoever has no part in them,that person never shares the same fate when he diesand goes down to the gloom and darkness below.”
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