Homer (flourished c. 700 BCE)
“It is the law of our mortal nature, when we
come to die. We no longer have sinews keeping the bones and
flesh together; once life has departed from our white bones, all
is consumed by the fierce heat of the blazing fire, and the soul
slips away like a dream and goes fluttering on its way.”
- The Odyssey (Book 11) by Homer, translated by E. V. Rieu and edited by D. C. H. Rieu. New York: Penguin Classics, 2009.