Appendix 17
The Fortunate Isles, also called the Islesof the Blessed and occasionally
rendered as Isles of the Blest (μακάρων νῆσοι makárôn nêsoi) is where
heroes and other favoured mortals in Greek and Celtic mythology were
received by the gods. In Greek mythology, the islands were reserved for
those who had chosen to be reincarnated thrice, and managed to be judged
as especially pure enough to gain entrance to the Elysian Fields all three
times. They are mentioned in the Life of Apollonius of Tyana by Flavius
Philostratus and by Plutarch, who refers to the "fortunate isles" several
times in his writings where they are called the Isles of the Blessed.