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The Greek way of death

Author: Robert Garland
Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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"Hardly any aspect of Greek culture is as revealing as its way of confronting human mortality and its observances in relation to the dead. Using historical and anthropological approaches and sources both visual and written, Garland describes the extensive and elaborate funerary rituals performed by the Greeks for their dead from the time of Homer to the fourth century B.C." "Death for the Greeks was not an  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Garland
ISBN: 0801487463 9780801487460
OCLC Number: 47675022
Description: xxvi, 198 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. The power and status of the dead --
2. Dying --
3. The funeral --
4. Between worlds --
5. Life in Hades --
6. The special dead --
7. Visiting the tomb.
Responsibility: Robert Garland.

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"Hardly any aspect of Greek culture is as revealing as its way of confronting human mortality and its observances in relation to the dead. Using historical and anthropological approaches and sources both visual and written, Garland describes the extensive and elaborate funerary rituals performed by the Greeks for their dead from the time of Homer to the fourth century B.C." "Death for the Greeks was not an instantaneous event, rather a process or passage which required strenuous efforts on the part of the living to ensure that the dead achieved full and final transfer to the next world. The central questions which this book attempts to answer are: the extent to which death was a preoccupying concern among the Greeks; the feelings with which the individual may have anticipated his death; the nature of the bonds between the living and the dead; and the light shed by burial practices upon characteristic elements of Greek society. While the beliefs of ordinary Greeks about their ordinary dead form the book's central focus, there is also a chapter on 'special dead' - the unburied, murderers and their victims, children, and suicides."--Jacket.

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