The River Styx Illustration

The River Styx
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In Greek and Roman mythology, the River Styx separated the world of the living from the world of the dead.

Unless you were punished by one of the gods to spend eternity in the underworld, no one expected to hang very long, only long enough to be reborn. So there was no sense in packing anything except a coin to pay for the ferry ride across the River Styx, along with a few things to keep you occupied while you were waiting to be reborn.

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