When people think of the Greek afterlife, they often picture the misty underworld ruled by Hades, or the fiery Tartarus where the Titans were imprisoned. There was, however, a paradise set aside for demigods, heroes and anyone deemed worthy by the Olympians. It was called Elysium.
Elysium – alternatively known as the Elysian Fields or the Fortunate Isles – was a beautiful land said to exist on the western edge of the world. The weather was always fair there, and its denizens were free to wander exotic gardens or bath in its pleasant rivers. It was a concept that eventually helped develop how Christians perceive Heaven.