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Why we love underworld stories: An introduction

I love stories about the underworld. I was first introduced to underworld stories from the Classics. Both Virgil and Homer depicted descents into the underworld in their famous works the Aeneid and the Odyssey. Then there are the myths about Persephone and Orpheus. In college, I wrote a paper about Seneca’s satirical approach to underworld tropes when he dragged Emperor Claudius at the mercy of Hermes into the depths of the underworld. In college, I also was introduced to Dante’s Inferno and fell in love with it also. It became an interest of mine to research this theme and I …