"Reading" Greek Death: To the End of the Classical Period

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Clarendon Press, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 489 pages
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The author sheds new light on aspects of the beliefs, attitudes, and rituals surrounding death in ancient Greece from the Minoan and Mycenean period to the end of the classical age. She draws on different types of evidence - from literary texts to burial customs, inscriptions, and images inart - to explore the fragmentary and problematic evidence for the reconstruction of attitudes towards, and the beliefs and practices pertaining to death and the afterlife.The book is also a sophisticated critique of the methodologies appropriate for interpreting the evidence for ancient beliefs. Insights from athropology and other disciplines help to inform the reconstruction of these beliefs and to minimize the intrustion of culturally determined assumptions whichreflect modern thinking rather than ancient realities.
 

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Contents

TEXT
10
Death and the World of the Dead in Homer
17
Individual
66
The Continuation
94
The Journey to Hades
103
Meanings and Function
109
Common Parameters
278
SHIFTING ATTITUDES
298
Reading through
388
DEATH BURIAL AND MODEL
413
The Literary Evidence
423
The Archaeological Evidence
429
Funerary Legislation
439
References
445
Index
475
Copyright

THE CASE
362

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Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood is at Reading University.

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