"not dead as we conceive the dead, but are like the shades in the Odyssey who wake to a kind of life once they have drunk blood"

    A reference to Book XI of ancient Greek epic The Odyssey, in which the wandering hero consults the spirits of the dead, who take on traits and memories from their lives only when allowed to drink from a trench of blood.


Online edition of Homer's 'Odyssey', as translated by Samuel Butler, (circa 800 BC)


The Odyssey on Book Drum