Islands of the Blest

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Were originally, like the ‘Gardens of the Hesperides’, the mythical winterless home of the happy dead, far west. Comparable is Homer's description of Elysium; in both cases entry is reserved for a privileged few. The islands were later identified with Madeira or more commonly with the Canaries, after their discovery. The Canaries were properly explored by King Juba II. From the meridian line of this group Ptolemy (Geography, passim) established his longitudes eastwards.

Subjects: Classical Studies.

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