When Aeneas is making his way down to the Underworld, he finds a vast horde of the decent dead waiting on the banks of the Styx to be ferried across by'Charon. In their eagerness to cross, they beg the god to take them;
Stabant orantes primi transmitiere cursum tendebantque manus ripae ulterioris amate. Aeneid 6.313f. They stood hegging to make the crossing (lit., to cross the passage) first, and they stretched out [their] hands in y earning for the opposite shore.
The divine ferryman, however, is pitiless in his choice, and those whose bodies, remain unburied in the world above must wait a hundred years before crossing.
For more Vergiliana, seepages 56,109,182, and 199.
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