The History of Hell

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1993 - Art - 275 pages
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From the beginning of recorded history people all over the world have believed in an afterlife with two principle destinations, and Hell has inspired more interest than Heaven, especially among painters and poets. This is an illustrated survey of how religious leaders, artists, writers and ordinary people in the West have visualized Hell.
 

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Turner, the fiction editor of Playboy magazine, takes the reader on more of a geographical than a theological tour of hell. She begins her examination of the concept of hell in ancient Middle Eastern ... Read full review

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Loved this. Nothing like standing back and taking a good look at the boogy man. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
The Great Below
5
The Egyptian Book of the Dead
12
Zoroastrianism
16
Classical Hades
20
Platonic Hell
30
The Roman Empire
34
Sheol
40
The High Middle Ages
145
The Reformation
158
Baroque Hell
172
Paradise Lost
177
The Mechanical Universe
190
The Enlightenment
199
Swedenborgs Vision
211
The Nineteenth Century
213

Gnosticism
46
Manichaeism
49
The Early Christians
52
The Descent into Hell
66
The Last Judgment
71
Apocalyptic Tours of Hell
83
The Middle Ages
89
Mystery Plays 114
90
Purgatory
126
Dantes Inferno
133
Goethes Faust
218
The Romantics
221
Universalism
233
The Age of Freud
241
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
244
BIBLIOGRAPHY
246
PHOTO CREDITS
257
INDEX
263
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